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Orlando Park wins $20,000 grant


Bill Frederick Park (Website) has won a $20,000 grant from the Parks Build Community initiative, courtesy of the National Recreation and Park Association and the Walt Disney Company.

We wrote about the the initiative to revitalize parks across the United States back in April, HERE.

Orlando residents voted for their favorite park and project. As a result of the grant, Bill Frederick Park will now be receiving a quarter-mile Nature Connect Trail, based on the Arbor Day Foundation’s Nature Explore national program.

Bungalower weekend event picks

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

Pedal to Fringe!

May 14 @ 5:00 pmMay 25 @ 1:00 am
Orlando Loch Haven Park,
900 E. Princeton St., Orlando, FL 32803 United States

Avoid the parking nightmare and pedal! Thomas M. Bunting Projects will be offering a free bike valet service during the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival. HERE’S HOW IT WORKS *You pedal to Fringe. *Find us on the main lawn. *We take some contact info. *We put your bike on a rack, you’re encouraged to lock it. *We tag your bike & give you a matching tag. *You go have fun without worrying about your bike! BIKE VALET HOURS Thursday, May…

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Tito’s Vodka & Wine Tasting Friday at Ivanhoe Wine & Spirits

May 22 @ 5:00 pm8:00 pm
Ivanhoe Wine & Spirits,
1909 N Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32804 United States

Join us for a Tasting Friday featuring Tito’s Vodka and Bungalow 23 Handcrafted Cocktail Mixers. We will also have several stations set up for you to taste some of our most popular wines. Bungalow 23 Flavors include: Blueberry Lemon Drop Prickly Pear Margarita Pear Ginger Martini Tito’s Handmade Vodka is produced in Austin at Texas’ first and oldest legal distillery. It’s made in small batches in an old fashioned pot still by Tito Beveridge (actual name), a 50-something geologist,…

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Bring Your Own Beamer Orlando

May 22 @ 7:00 pm11:00 pm
Art & History Museums – Maitland,
231 E Packwood Ave, Maitland, FL 32751 United States

BYOB Orlando is a one night gallery exhibition featuring explosions of light and movement by local and world renowned digital artists, designers and filmmakers. This is pop up projected experience will include animated GIFs, motion graphics, interactive installations, video shorts, and more. BYOB Orlando is a collaborative effort by Snap! Orlando, Art & History Museums – Maitland and curators Nathan Selikoff and Michael Forrest. Gallery: Germain Marvel Building, Art & History Museums – Maitland

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Visual Journal Workshop with Rachel Simmons

Join Rollins College professor Rachel Simmons for a hands-on workshop on visual journals on Saturday, May 23, 2015 from 9:30 am-12:30 pm. Get in touch with your creativity and start a habit of self-reflection through this unique fusion of art and writing! Participants will engage in memory-based writing activities and mixed media drawing, collage and printmaking techniques. The workshop is free, but space is limited to 12. E-mail [email protected] ASAP to reserve your space in this workshop! Copies of Rachel’s…

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Orlando Fringe Sketch Tours

May 23 @ 10:00 amMay 24 @ 2:00 pm

Orlando Sketch Tours offers visitors a chance to slow down, see and sketch the true Orlando outside of theme parks. Thor from Analog Artist Digital World will be your guide for this 2-day sketching tour around Orlando’s International Fringe Festival. Each workshop day is $125, or $200 for both days. Saturday May 23, 2015 Workshop 10am to 2pm. Sunday May 24, 2015 Workshop 10am to 2pm. For all levels, NO experience is required. All materials provided, just bring yourself. Your…

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March Against Monsanto Orlando, FL

May 23 @ 2:00 pm6:00 pm
City Hall,
400 S Orange Ave, Orlando, FL 32801 United States

The fight for our food!! Mission Statement: On May 23rd, 2015 millions of people across the world will stand together for the 3rd annual March Against Monsanto. Our goal is to educate the citizens of Orlando about the adverse health effects associated with GMOs and expose Monsanto’s fraud and cronyism. We would like to inform the community about what they are putting in their bodies and encourage people to be the change they wish to see by supporting local…

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Swarm Ride (5/24)

May 24 @ 9:00 am11:30 am
East End Market,
3201 Corrine Dr., Orlando, FL 32803 United States

Every other Sunday we invite the community to join us at East End Market for the Fleet Farming Swarm ride! Join us as we ride throughout the community maintaining farmlettes, harvesting greens, and preparing our salad mixes for the Audubon Park Community Market. You’ll learn all the ins-and-outs of urban farming, from seeding, weeding and more! All farmers must have their own bike. HELMET, water, and gloves are recommended!

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Orlando Farmers Market

May 24 @ 10:00 am4:00 pm

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Lake Eola Park,
195 N Rosalind Avenue, Orlando, FL 32801 United States

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The Official Downtown Orlando Farmers Market since 1987. The Orlando Farmers Market is home to a vibrant marketplace including over 50 vendors year-round. You’ll find seasonal farm fresh produce from local growers, as well as baked goods, cheeses, and other specialty foods. Plus, a variety of locally made arts, crafts, and homemade goods. The Orlando Farmers Market is dog friendly and the perfect way to spend your Sunday afternoon with the family around beautiful Lake Eola in the heart of…

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The All-American Block Party 2015

May 24 @ 3:00 pm2:00 am
Wall St. Plaza,
25 Wall Street, Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Memorial Day is right around the corner! Enjoy the 3 day weekend and come out for an extra night of partying on Sunday for our All-American Block Party! $3 Yuengling Lager from 3pm-2am! No Cover!! 21 and up only.

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Orlando’s ONLY Retro Bear T-Dance

May 24 @ 4:00 pm

Bill Huelsman, Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Savoy Nightclub have teamed up to bring back one of the most asked for events in Orlando – The Bear T-Dance – as a benefit for The LGBT Center of Central Florida. The ONLY weekly Bear T-Dance in Orlando! **DANCING **DANCERS **OUTSIDE PATIO Starting Sunday, May 24 (Memorial Day Weekend) join your friends and the producers of Tidal Wave 2015 as they kick off this amazing fundraising event for The Center with Tidal Wave…

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Orlando City Soccer MLS Watch Party

May 24 @ 7:00 pm
Wall St. Plaza,
25 Wall Street, Orlando, FL 32801 United States

Orlando City Soccer Club is going to San Jose so come watch the game with us on Wall St! Official Ruckus watch party in Shine! $3 Heineken from 5pm-10pm in all our bars! Match starts at 7pm.

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House of the Day: 213 Phillips Place


This edition of House of the Day was inspired by a local piece in the New York Times on three special homes in California, Florida, and Montana.

All three homes are listed at, or around, $650,000.

The Florida home, is a 2,927 SF 1920s bungalow with three bedrooms and one and a half bathrooms. It’s in the Lake Copeland district [Gmap] in Downtown South, and the Blankner/Boone school district. The street is lined with old-growth oak trees and other beautiful bungalows.

The house was renovated in 2008 and features hardwood floors and contemporary fixtures.

To see more photos of the property, click HERE.

If interested in the property, contact Terry Diederich, P.A., Broker-Associate at 407-415-2315.

Gnarly Barley eyeing up warehouse on Virginia Drive


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The Belle Isle go-to pub is moving North.

Gnarly Barley (Facebook | Website) has filed for an exemption with the Board of Zoning Adjustment to allow for the serving of alcohol at 531 Virginia Ave. [Gmap].

The vacant 3,000 SF two story warehouse was previously going to be the home of Broken Strings Brewery, but they decided against the location and moved to Parramore instead.

Gnarly Barley is looking to transform the bottom level of the building into a wine and beer bar while retaining an existing second-story apartment.

The building is +/- 365 feet from Lake Highland Prep property and as such, requires a variance. According to the application, which includes a letter from the school, nobody from Lake Highland will be contesting the construction of the new bar.

Randy Ross announces run for Mayor


According to Orlando Political Observer, local personality Randy Ross will be running against Buddy Dyer to be the next Mayor of Orlando.

Ross has a background in many things, including marketing, activism, and he once tried to start his own reality show. He was also recently arrested for allegedly filing a faulty insurance claim (Orlando Sentinel).

Ross, a recent Republican, last ran for office in 2012, as a write-in candidate for the Orange County Clerk of Courts, and also runs a closed Facebook group called the Orange County Political Voice.


City Council approves to support new tortilla factory


City Council approved a resolution to support the expansion of La Chiquita, a family owned and operated tortilla manufacturer based out of Atlanta.

The company creates high quality tortillas for restaurants across the country.

According to the City, La Chiquita is considering District 6 [Map] in the City of Orlando as a location for the a second manufacturing facility.
Cassandra Lafser, Public Information Officer for the City of Orlando, stated that if La Chiquita chooses Orlando for this project, the company will create 110 new high-wage jobs for residents between now and 2020.

Track Shack owners named 2015 Florida Retailers of the year

Sally Field did not accept the award for Track Shack

Sally Field did not accept the award for Track Shack

The Florida Retail Federation (Website) has named Jon and Betsy Hughes, co-owners of the Track Shack (Facebook | Website) as the 2015 Retailers of the Year.

They will receive their award on June 11 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Orlando at a special luncheon.

The specialty running business was founded in 1977 with a mission to “keep Central Florida fit.”

Their Track Shack Foundation has donated more than $2.5 M to local charities and organizations.

Mayor to take part in seventh anniversary of IDignity tomorrow

Photo courtesy of IDignity

Photo courtesy of IDignity

IDignity (Website) is a program that provides homeless individuals with ID cards, licences, birth certificates, Social Security cards, and documents needed for legal counsel.

According to the Mayor’s office, one of the most significant impediments for employment is the lack of identification.

IDignity is held monthly at the Orlando Union Rescue Mission [Gmap].

The event begins at 8:30 a.m., Thursday, May 21. Mayor Buddy Dyer, OPD Chief John Mina, OF Chief Roderick Williams and 20 City employees will be in attendance.



I Wish This Was … an Apple store … or a Sweet Tomatoes




The Church Street Exchange building [Gmap] is quickly filling up with some of the best tech minds of Orlando. The Canvs co-working space (Website), a Bumble and Bumble school, Trend Studios, and a juice bar are some of the gems  within this historic building. Yet there are still some holes we’d like to see filled.

Namely this space on the corner of Pine and Garland. Some may recall that a few years ago it lived on as an art space. Lately it has been sitting empty. We wish it was occupied by an anchor store, something that played on the strengths of the neighbors … like tech.

We wish this shop was an Apple Store.

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With all of the techies under one building like this, it could potentially become ground zero for tech-preneurs, this could be a great opportunity to build relationships with new up-and-comers, sponsor new companies, and experiment with new tech.

It also has the added benefit of bringing more retail to downtown.

Editor’s Note: If all else fails, we’d also be fine with a Sweet Tomatoes.

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