Sunday, September 25, 2016

Porsche Parking Garage

A new Porsche dealership called Porsche South Orlando is being built on 3.55 acres at 4891 Vineland Rd. Poulos & Bennett, LLC (Website) submitted a Master Plan (MPL) request to construct the 68,188 sq. ft. multi-story new car dealership in the Millenia neighborhood. It will include a main building, parking garage and water feature. 

Saturday, September 24, 2016

Shoppes of College Park Re-Opens

The Shoppes of College Park (Facebook) has grand re-opened at its original location at 2308 Edgewater Drive. 

Shoppers will find home decor, clothing, sweets and wreaths. There's a seating area which will soon offer a beverage bar with coffee, soft drinks, beer and wine.  

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Farm + Haus To-Go Fooderie Opens in East End Market

Farm + Haus ( opened a to-go fooderie inside East End Market today. Their delivery-only dinner service which launched last year expanded into this breakfast and lunch brick and mortar location.

The space is warm and inviting, with a marble countertop, wood accents taken from an actual 1800s farm house and brick-a-brac-laden shelves.

In addition to their to-go menu, the couple offers grab and go salads, boxed water (which we love!) and popsicles. 

Annabelle Hart in College Park Opens

A new ladies home decor and clothing co-op has opened in the former Paper Gallery space at 318-A Edgewater Drive (MAP) called Annabelle Hart. It contains three small businesses:
  1. Annabelle Hart (Shirley Krauklis)
  2. Blue Betty (Carey Ferrante)
  3. Details, Inc (Marnie Rutters)
The store may remind you of one 3 doors down, The Shoppes of College Park (Facebook) at 2308 Edgewater Drive. Both are the same concept: multiple small businesses under one roof and store name. The similarity isn't uncanny: the 3 businesses inside Annabelle Hart met each other during their tenure in The Shoppes of College Park. 

What happened at The Shoppes that made these 3 ladies leave? Rutters told us the Shoppes was a co-op but not really. They had designated spaces that weren't integrated with the other areas but eventually things got "unprofessional." 

The first of the three to give their notice to vacate was Ferrante. The other two followed suit soon after. 

The day before her annual sidewalk sale, Rutters let The Shoppes' owners know she was going into business with the other two ladies and was leaving The Shoppes. The Shoppes' owners changed the locks to the store. Rutters was unable to conduct her annual sidewalk sale because all the merchandise was locked inside The Shoppes. 

The Shoppes of College Park opened in late August 2015. It closed on July 22nd when the three left. The owners, Jim and Silvia Lakey, made it clear in their closing announcement on their Facebook page that the closing was the fault of Krauklis, Ferrante and Rutters: 
"Three of our existing vendors have decided that they will be replicating this concept on their own four doors down in the old Paper Gallery location. With this new and direct competition so close to our store, we have decided that the Shoppes of College Park can no longer survive under this concept."
As to why the three chose to open up shop four doors down from The Shoppes, Carey says they "looked all over town" and across the street to find the right spot, but they just couldn't find one. Plus, the three wanted to stay near College Park because their clients lived in the area. 

Carey said the three got the former Paper Gallery space because Sue, the owner, retired. The landlord had wanted Krauklis to be part of his landlord group "forever." She says the landlord wrote them a deal they could not refuse and even paid for and executed the entire build out of the store in three weeks. He really wanted to continue Annabelle Hart and liked the idea of having three businesses in one. 

After the three business owners left The Shoppes, Jim and Sylvia Lakey closed it. They announced today that they will reopen on Thursday of this week. 

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Pizza Touch Vending Machine Gone due to Technical Problems

We told you in 2012 that the very first pizza vending machine has its roots right here in Orlando. It was shown at a trade show here for the first time publicly in 2003. 

Orlando recently became the home of 3 Pizza Touch (Website) vending machines. They're placed in 3 different Central Florida businesses (2 in Orlando, 1 in Lakeland). 

One of the 3 pizza vending machines is gone. The Quality Suites at 7400 Canada Avenue (MAP) had its Pizza Touch removed. According to employees, it was taken away due to too many technical problems.  

Guests at the hotel have been taken care of, however: the hotel still offers a frozen pizza in their small lobby food area for $6. 

Orlandos New Billion Dollar Farm-Hood to Have Edible Walking Trails, 9 Acre Farm and More

Orange County Commissioners approved plans for a $1 billion 2,078-home development called The Grow (Website) just east of the 408 off SR 50 according to Orlando Business Journal. 

It's known as an Agri-Hood and begins construction Summer 2017.

The Grow will include the following:

  • 9 acre revenue-generating working farm - A team of agriculturists manage and maintain the land to grow an array of foods for the community, farm-and-table restaurant, local vendors and more. The farm also serves as an educational venue for schools and social groups to attend programs created by the agriculturists to learn about plants, soils and farming techniques.
  • 21 acres of community gardensThese gardens are integrated into the neighborhoods for residents to grow their own vegetables, fruits or flowers. Residents will have the educational support of the on-site agriculturists. 
  • Edible walking trailsHike through the community while gathering fruits, berries, nuts and more. 
  • weekly farmers market The Grow holds weekly farmer’s markets at the town center for residents to buy and sell goods from the gardens and farm. 
  • equestrian facility
  • pastoral spaces
  • fishing ponds
  • lush wetlands
Residential estate lots, or “Farmettes”, with homes on the inside of the 100 foot thick natural vegetative buffer are up to one acre in area and measure at least 150 feet wide. This lot width is consistent with neighboring parcels just outside of The Grow. 

Adjacent newer communities have an average of 4 homes per community acre. The Grow has 2.49 homes per community acre. 

The architectural aesthetics of the homes will mimic 1940s rural homes and farm houses. 

Chamberlins Grocery Store Opened

Chamberlins natural grocery store started its soft opening Tuesday with a grand opening planned for October 8th. 

The 10,000 sq ft store is located at 4924 E. Colonial Drive. 

Chamberlins is a local business started in 1935. 

2016 State of Downtown Orlando Address at Bob Carr Theater

This is a photo of Bob Carr, the namesake of the 1978 theatre built on the site of the former 1926 building known as the Municipal Auditorium. All that remains of the "Muni Aud" as locals called it are the three front walls. The original building was gutted. 

The annual State of Downtown Address was created in 1982 as a fundraising event for the Downtown Orlando Partnership (Website) which mission is to enhance business and community relationships through collaborative events and initiatives in Downtown Orlando.

The next State of Downtown Address will be delivered on Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at the Bob Carr Theater (401 West Livingston St., Orlando, FL 32801) which was recently deemed a historic landmark despite 99% of it having been constructed in 1978. 

Tickets are $45 for DOP members and $60 for nonmembers. Advanced registration is required. Register online.

Mayor Dyer will share the latest on the continued revitalization of Downtown Orlando, as well as plans and advancements for the community.
  • 3:00 p.m. – Doors Open and Registration Begins
  • 3:30 p.m. – Mayor Dyer’s State of Downtown Address
The 2016 Board of Directors of the Downtown Orlando Partnership include the following:

Rob Allen
Senior Estimator,
Austin Commercial
Roger Cook
Central Florida Market Executive,
JP Morgan Chase
Stephanie Darden
President/Creative Director,
Paul Gloersen
Associate Executive Director,
Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
John Harris
Vice President,
Balfour Beatty Construction
David Hathaway
Dean Mead
Timothy Haughee
Senior Associate,
Lowndes Law
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CEO and Producer
Filmscape Production
Melissa Jean
Director of Sales and Marketing,
Crowne Plaza Orlando Downtown
Allen Johnson
Executive Director,
Orlando Venues
Craig Leicester
General Manager,
Aloft Orlando Downtown
Sharon Line Clary
Vice President of Marketing,
Florida Hospital

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Maritza Martinez
Associate Vice President,
UCF Community Relations
DOP Secretary
Mike Matthews
Manager, Marketing Research & E-Commerce,
OUC – The Reliable OneDOP Vice President
Chris McDirmit
Audit Partner,
Berman Hopkins Wright & LaHam, CPAs
DOP Treasurer
Scott Pamplin
Vice President,
Avison Young
DOP President
Catherine Reeves
Director of Leasing,
Highwoods Properties
DOP Past President
Beth Smith
Community Relations Manager,
Orlando Health
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Senior Pastor,
First Presbyterian Church of Orlando