Hittn' Skins (Facebook | Website) is moving closer to downtown. Their former home in a historic building near the interstate and Colonial (affectionately named "Chiffon Towers") that was heavily damaged by fire last year. The digital printing and custom apparel business will be...
The City of Orlando is launching a program to celebrate and recognize sites of historic note in the downtown and Parramore area. The program will install 25 plaques that will be part of the City's Historic Walking Tour, by the...
Woodstock Orlando (Facebook | Website), the former home of Full Moon Saloon next to Parliament House , softly opened during Gay Days a few weeks ago. The space is still in the works, but they've been open multiple weekends...
We wrote about the collaborative brewery that had set it's eyes on Parramore back in April, and now we finally have an update. Broken Strings and Black Cauldron breweries have combined forces to bring Broken Cauldron Brewery to West Church...
A possible urban garden could be coming to Parramore on the corner of West South Street and Hicks Avenue, just blocks away from the Amway Arena . Growing Orlando (Website), a non-profit urban farm initiative, has requested use of the City-owned...
The collaborative brewery that was hoping to open in Parramore has finally been approved for a conditional use permit by the Orlando City Council. The craft brewery, a combination of Broken Strings and Black Cauldron breweries will be renovating an...
By Frank Flanagan and Brendan O'Connor Rich in cultural history Orlando’s Parliament House, now in its fortieth year, is celebrated in a new short-form documentary from David Bains of the GLBT History Museum of Central Florida (Website). The documentary was published...
The City Commissioners, Mayor Dyer, and Police Chief John Mina have partnered with the Valencia College Peace and Justice Institute to work with community members in a new series of interactive workshops focused on engaging citizens with City processes. The...
The City of Orlando has announced an expansion of the Police Department’s IRIS safety camera program with the installation of eight new cameras in the Parramore community. There are already over 170 IRIS cameras that are already located throughout the City, including...
 Did You Know-town is a series of hyper-local trivia bits about the City Beautiful.    Lake Dot, in the early days of Orlando's history, was known as "the mud hole with the big alligator." We would love to know what happened to...
A new design school has opened up in Parramore called the Design House of Colour . Design House (Facebook | Website) will host courses and workshops that teach a variety of sewing and embellishment techniques like; embroidery, spangling, and direct-to-garment printing. The design...
The newest bus rapid transit line has begun construction. The Lime Line will provide free transportation service to the Parramore and Callahan neighborhoods to the Central Business District, which houses SunRail, the courthouse, FAMU College of Law, the Amway...
Southern Smoke (Facebook) opened in March of this year at the corner of West Colonial and North Parramore . They had closed temporarily for a brief period of time this summer, but have since reopened. They specialize in barbecue, Cajun/creole, seafood...
Due to the continued development of major projects in the area including Orlando City’s new Downtown Stadium and the I-4 Ultimate project, the City of Orlando is providing an update on road closures and openings in the Parramore Neighborhood. Roads...
As the Mayor stated in his State of the City address, the City has invited proposals from private developers to redevelop properties in Parramore into a mixed-income development. A five person selection advisory committee will review all submitted proposals, conduct...
The 2016 Copa America Centenario will take place in twelve cities across America in  June 2016, with Orlando's Citrus Bowl (Website) being one of the chosen venues. The 16-team soccer playoff will feature teams from the CONCACAF and the CONMEBOL with...
Documents have been submitted to the Appearance Review Board (ARB) for a Major Certificate of Appearance Approval amendment for the Orlando City Soccer Stadium that include more detailed design of the upcoming venue's elevation and spaces. According to the documents, the...
The exit ramps to Kaley Avenue from Westbound I-4 are closing on December 1 at 10 p.m. The two exit ramps to Kaley Avenue will close permanently as the Ultimate project begins construction. The Michigan and Kaley interchanges are being...
The 408 is being widened to allow for the addition of the new I-4 Ultimate ramps. This is causing a number of road closures along the corridor. Workers have recently completed bridge construction work at the 408 and Westmoreland intersection...
The pedestrian bridge that crosses the I-4 between Gore and Kaley has been sitting unused for ten years, but will soon be taken down. According to FDOT the bridge was officially decommissioned back in 2005, although it had been...
The Minority Women Business Assistance Program (MEBA) was approved by the CRA in 2006 to assist small business retention and creation in a target area of Downtown Orlando's CRA boundary.  It provides assistance of up to $40,000 to approved...
It appears we have received our first look at what the City may have planned for the upcoming Bridge District project. Project DTO identified the parking lots under the I-4 as a potential home of a potential new park space...
A proposal will go before the Municipal Planning Board to approve a new shopping center at the intersection of Westmoreland and Colonial  in the Parramore Heritage District, with one of the tenants being Dunkin Donuts. The plans, attached below, call...
LIFT Orlando Citrus Bowl - 60 second National Ad from Lords of Sapelo on Vimeo. Two Citrus Bowl-adjacent apartment complexes are about to be razed in order to build a new multi-family community with apartments and senior-living options. The land...
The Minority Women Business Assistance Program (MEBA) was approved by the CRA in 2006 to assist small business retention and creation in a target area of Downtown Orlando's CRA boundary.  It provides assistance of up to $40,000 to approved...