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SODO Buildings to be Demo'd, Becoming The Shoppes of South Orange

EDITED 6/26/17

Fences went up today around the one-story orange building at 1731 S. Orange Ave (MAP) and the three yellow buildings behind it. We told you March 29th of last year the .49 acre contiguous property was for sale. Back then it was approved for 30-units per acre or 60-units per acre (bonus with mixed use project).

According to Growthspotter, the buildings demo’d and redeveloped as The Shoppes of South Orange. The retail project is expected to have an Orange Theory Fitness, Smoothie King, European Wax Center, Sage Dental and Lifelink.

Weeki Wachee Mermaids Featured in Vogue and Tribecca Film Festival

Vogue magazine did a photo feature and article about the Weeki Wachee Springs mermaids (Web) on June 16th. They sent a photographer down to photograph the mermaids this Spring. Also, Tribecca Film Festival debuted a short film called The Spring (Web) all about the mermaids as well. In August 2016, seven female filmmakers, all under the age of 25, traveled to Central Florida to film the women of Weeki Wachee Springs.

Photo Credit: Charlie Engman for Vogue

Vintage Hermes, Gucci, Dior and Louis Vuitton Handbags Now Being Sold at Dillard's Florida Mall

Vintage Hermes, Gucci, Dior and Louis Vuitton Handbags are for sale at the Florida Mall Dillard's. This department store isn't known for ever carrying high end brands of handbags. 
The presence of these luxury bags in this mid price retailer is made possible thanks to a website called What Goes Around Goes Around.
Currently, Dillard's has a Birkin, a Kelly, every shape of Louis (except Speedy) and more. According to the salesperson we spoke with, they've sold one Birkin so far. The Birkin they have on display in a glass case is going for $14,000.

Caribbean Carnaval Buffet and Show at Sapphire Falls

Full disclosure: our meals were comped. 

Caribbean Carnaval is a new buffet and floor show at the Loews Sapphire Falls Resort at Universal Orlando. It takes place underneath an un-walled roofed pavilion in a cove accessible to guests down a long hallway past convention rooms, down a staircase and through a door to the cove.

The food is a buffet island dishes with fish, beef and chicken. Several side dishes were various exotic vegetables mixed in sauces. The highlight was the giant apple-mouthed whole-bodied hog sleeping on a table, its innards removed and replaced with piles of cooked pork.

The show is non-stop high energy island music. It's set up like you're taking a trip. The host bounces from island to island, with new songs inspired by each island. It's a mix of pop songs with Latin themes all the way to Rihanna. The backup band is solid and the singers are fun. The stage is roaming with dancers. While there are only 4, the choreographer makes full use of them. They a…

East Colonial Free-Standing Retail Building for Sale

The 1,300 sq ft Sign Depot building at 1813 E. Colonial Drive (MAP) is for sale $750,000. INFO

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Orlando's Oldest Greek Restaurant's Building is for Sale

Orlando's oldest Greek restaurant, Olympia Restaurant, is in a building that's up for sale at 8505 E Colonial Dr (MAP). The 34,10 sq ft restaurant opened in 1979 and has 140 seats and 30 parking spaces