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Former Artegon Artists Featured at Green Umbrella Gallery Opening

The Green Umbrella/Green Gallery is having a Grand Opening event June 9-11 (INFO). Artegon vendors Peru Crafts (formally Alipaza Arts) and Winter Park Honey (Wild Florida Honey) and some Artegon fine artists will be open. The Green Gallery is still being set-up but will temporarily house pop-up shops until it is officially open in it's final state. Skippy Green, mascot for Green Umbrella and Green Gallery,will be at the grand opening event.
"We are looking for people who want to do pop-ups for the event. Setting up a pop-up booth/table for the event is free. If you want to make a donation of plants or otherwise to the Winter Park Co-Op, that would be great, but not required. We are looking for bands that want to play." Contact Shannon at 561-506-1676 or email her at

Two City Flags Move to Next Design and Approval Phase

(City of Orlando Press Release) 
Today, the City of Orlando Flag Design Review Committee held its fourth meeting and selected two flags to proceed further with in refining their designs. They are included in this post. The committee will meet again on Friday, June 9th to discuss the design refining and the flag design recommendation they will bring forward to the Orlando City Council.  At the previous meeting on May 1st, the committee voted to approve four different modifications to the original designs and asked to get additional feedback from the community through a public comment period that ended on Monday, May 22 at 11:59 p.m.This public engagement process included comments submitted on the City’s website, through social media and a flag tour around the City featuring prototypes of the new design options for the public to see in person. Through this second round of public input, the City received more than 2,200 comments through the website.  Additionally, the City interacted with…

New Menu & Chef Every Night of the Week at Restaurant Coming to Thornton Park

We told you in April that the owner of the Graffiti Junktion franchise, Greg Peters, signed a new lease for the space in Thornton Park that formerly housed his Graffiti Junktion restaurant at 900 E. Washington Street (MAP).

Peters' restaurant concept will be called Truck Stop Pop Up Kitchen (Facebook | Website) according to Orlando Weekly. There will be a different chef & menu every night. The restaurant is looking for catering companies, food trucks, chefs, local bands, local artists and local charities to get involved.

The fee each Chef will pay is $350. For the first 30 days the restaurant is open the fee is waived. 
The restaurant is expected to open in 5 weeks. 
The building had sat vacant for months in Thornton Park which had recently seen the loss of 4 restaurants in 9 months:
August 2016, Wildside BBQ closed. November 2016 Verde Mexican Soul Food closed. March 2017 Baoery Asian Gastropub closed. May 7th Muchos Tacos & Tequila will close and re-open with a new conc…

Hourglass District to be Hub for Foxtail Coffee, Craft Beer Brewery, Woodfire Pizza, Farmers Market and More

Several small buildings near the Bumby & Curry Ford intersection have been purchased by National Real Estate (WEB). They've named the area the Hourglass District (Website). They've announced several tenants and have more in the works. This is the same company that bought and are in the process of redeveloping the restaurant and retail hub in Milk District at the corner of Robinson & Bumby. Below is a list of all the projects in the works given to us by National Real Estate. 

Hourglass Market - A soon-to-be-refurbished strip mall at 2401 Curry Ford Road (MAP) will become a dining and social hub when the dividing walls separating the existing spaces are knocked down to create one giant market space called Hourglass Market (Instagram).  This will be an East End Market-type space with 4 separate businesses under one roof. The market will include the following: (1) Foxtail Coffee (Website) - This will be the brewer's second location outside of its original in Winter Par…

Restaurants & Shops Coming to Milk District Corner

We told you that April 18th the building with the large picture windows facing the intersection of Robinson & Bumby at 2320 E. Robinson Street (MAP) was purchased by National Real Estate (WEB). The Daily City was recently invited to meet with the owners of the company, Giovanni Fernandez and Elise Sabatino for a tour. 
National Real Estate manages 850 properties, has 50 realtors under its brokerage and has been in business for 17 years.

The building has separate three spots for businesses.

1. Front Cafe - the owners say this 2,400 sq ft space isn't big enough for a full size restaurant, so they're looking for a more market-type grab & go option. They'd like the hours of operation to compliment those of the back building restaurant. Think breakfast and lunch in the front, dinner in the back. 

2. Rear Warehouse - The large back warehouse-type space is 3,900 square feet and perfect for a lunch and dinner restaurant. They've been approached by regional restaurant bran…

Did You Know This Sign is a Historic Landmark?

Google Maps Photo Credit
The Porter Paints sign at 700 E. Colonial Drive (MAP) just outside of downtown Orlando is a historic landmark.  (Source) The Porter Paint Company was founded in 1922 in Louisville, Kentucky as a mail-order paint business, primarily for barns. As the company grew, retail and wholesale stores opened, including this shop on Colonial Dr., the first Porter Paints in the Orlando area. In 1954, Citrus Fruit Products (now Dr. Phillips, Inc.), owned the property and hired L. Alex Hatton, a local architect, to design the International Style building for their new tenants, Porter Paints. The black, white, and orange striped sign are part of the building’s outer walls and made of porcelain enamel-faced metal panels, the only example of this material used for a pre-1966 non-illuminated sign in the City. In 1995, Porter Paints became the first company to take advantage of the historic sign ordinance that protects historic signs that do not conform to current codes. The Port…