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April’s Bungalower Bundle

April 15 Bundle

We’re thrilled to announce that it is time for our April Bungalower Bundle full of great deals, offers and gift certificates. This month includes over $40 to some of the great places we’ve written about on Bungalower for just $9.95 . 100% of your membership goes to support Bungalower.

Plus we’re always working on new surprises for our members each month.

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$10 Gift Certificate to Isla Verde (Website) – DowntownIsla Verde is serving great Puerto Rican cuisine in the heart of Downtown Orlando. Their dishes are presented with extraordinary flair and flavor. In addition to delicious food, their location on the ground floor of the Chase Plaza Building includes an indoor balcony to feature live bands.

$25 off salon services at Nube Nove (Facebook | Website- Thornton Park – Nube Nove is a full service salon located in the heart of Thornton Park. You’ll find the salon nestled in the neighborhood on Washington Street, just a few blocks east of Lake Eola Park. They offer tons of great services for both women and men! While individuals get $25 off their salon services, couples get 30% off. Don’t forget your products. Those are $5 off with this offer as well.

$5 off admission to The Great Escape Room (Facebook | Website)- Downtown – The Great Escape Room is part scavenger hunt and puzzle game. With 60 minutes on the clock, it’s a fun, team-building, brain-busting experience. You’ll work together as a group to find clues and solve puzzles that will lead you to your escape. It is part scavenger hunt and part puzzle game. Only about 20% of teams are able to escape in time! Do you think you and your friends can meet the challenge?

15% off at La Femme Du Fromage (Facebook | Website- Audubon Park –  La Femme du Fromage is Orlando’s hub for premier artisan cheeses. Check out their selection of high quality, hand-crafted, and unique cheeses. Don’t be afraid to ask questions while you’re there. La Femme du Fromage is committed to education. Figure out what your favorite cheese is or learn more about delicious varieties you’ve never heard of before.

Ferg’s Depot gets first shipping container and Jay Leno approves


We wrote about Ferg’s Depot in January when we announced that they were finally beginning construction on the new Church Street sports bar. According to the plans, there will be a series of shipping containers that will be made to resemble train cars.

The first shipping container was installed on Monday afternoon, and according to Kristapher Jimenez, one of the men on the construction crew, Jay Leno showed up to nod his approval.
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Top ten things to know this week

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Here’s our rundown of the top ten things you need to know this week in Downtown Orlando area news.
  1. City of Orlando will be installing four Bike Repair Stations.
  2. Take a look at the proposed hotel for the Dr. Phillips Center green space downtown.
  3. Indie bookshop, Bookmark It, is moving downstairs in the East End Market.
  4. Junior’s Diner got a great make over.
  5. A 31-story tower could replace a Jefferson Street parking lot.
  6. City has a program that offers free bike racks to local business owners.
  7. One of the prettiest houses in Thornton Park has gone up for sale.
  8. City of Orlando releases a list of Free Things to Do.
  9. New York Magazine shares their favorite things in Orlando, and Bungalower makes the list.
  10. Cafe Positano in College Park got a reality show make over and a name change.
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I Wish This Was … a giant swimming pool

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I Wish This Was is a weekly series of badly photoshopped images that transform ignored, vacant or sometimes already occupied lots and properties in Orlando into something the City Beautiful can be proud of. 

First, we want to say, this is just pie-in-the-sky brainstorming. We don’t think this is going to happen. We don’t hate swans (for proof, check out this Did You Know-town post) or Lake Lake Eola in general, we just like to entertain the possibilities sometimes. So bare with us.

Do you ever love something so much, you just want to get inside of it? Like a cupcake from Blue Bird bakeshop? That’s how we feel about Lake Eola … but to be honest, we’re a little afraid of it too. The green-brown cold brew viscosity of the water seems like it could possibly give us X-Men powers if we ever fell into it … or change us into were-swans like the Come Out With Pride mascot.

We love the swans, the fountain, the shirtless joggers, it all works for us … but what if we could actually swim in the lake? When we heard about the super-expensive mega lagoon that was going to be built in Lake Nona, all we could think was, “I wish we could do that downtown” but instead of on private property, why not make it publicly accessible?

The said mega lagoon is designed by Miami-based firm, Crystal Lagoons (Website), that specializes in building gargantuan pools. The water is kept clean using space age technology that uses less chemicals than in an ordinary swimming pool and less water than a typical golf course.

Watch the laughably buzz-word-filled video below to get a taste of what we’re talking about.

We just think the swans shouldn’t be the only ones having fun in the water during our hot Florida summers, they’re not even paying taxes!

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Sunday Fun Day: Thornton Park



Bungalower wants to help you reclaim the fun in your weekend. We’ve put together a quick itinerary to get you out of your house and into some great local businesses on your day off. For this one, we suggest leaving your car at home.

1) Brunch is the most important meal of the day. That’s why we want you to rally with your friends at Dexter’s [Gmap] to start your Sunday adventure.  It can get a little (understatement) busy on Sundays so be sure to call ahead to reserve a table, or just saddle up at the bar – they’ll refill your Ultimate Bloody Mary faster there anyway.

2) After you’ve filled your belly with some great food and a couple of drinks (pace yourself), mosey on over to the Orlando Farmers Market (Website) in Lake Eola Park. If you’ve timed it right, Orlando Brewing starts serving drinks at noon so you can just breeze over, grab a glass and plop down at a picnic table. A lot of people go for the beer option, which is fine, but we suggest getting the wristband for the bottomless mimosa deal. There’s plenty of people watching to be had and usually live music to accompany it. They stop serving at 5 p.m. when the market ends.

3) Once you’re a little toasty from the hot sun and the never-ending drinks, stumble over for a fancy treat at the Pop Parlour (Website). This little shop specializes in artisan popsicles, with innovative combinations like; mango habanero, bourbon peach (with real bourbon), Cigar City Jai Alai IPA with Grapefruit, or Watermelon Mojito.

4) Once you’re sufficiently cooled off from your frozen fruit-booze on a stick, make your way back across Lake Eola Park and over to Graffiti Junktion for dinner. They’ve got some award-winning burgers, giant platters of nachos, cheap pitchers and buckets of beers to share with your friends.

If you’re still feeling fine, you can make your way over to the Falcon for a fancy brew or Burton’s for a game of pool, but we suggest that you should probably call a Lyft and go home to sleep this day off before you work tomorrow.

Mills 50 invaded by robots

Photo courtesy of Mills 50


Local artist Randall Smith (Website) installed this robot mural on the side of the soon-to-open Ten10 Brewery, at 1010 Virginia Drive [Gmap] in the Mills 50 District.

The mural faces the Orlando Urban Trail and is the second piece of public art on the popular jogging and cycling path.

Photo courtesy of Mills 50 District

Photo courtesy of Mills 50 District