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New Bakery Opening This Week in Audubon Park

The Gourmet Muffin (Facebook) at 2909 Corrine Drive in the Audubon Park Garden District is hosting its grand opening Thursday August 3rd 9:45am-10:15am with Mayor Buddy Dyer and Commissioner Robert Stuart.

Bowl Bar in East End Market Opens in August

Bowl Bar (Instagram) is the new name of the Farm & Haus (Instagram) grab and go sandwich shop in the back corner next to Lineage Coffee inside East End Market according to Orlando Weekly. They will stop serving sandwiches and start offering "curated & build your own fresh & healthy bowls." The new name will go into effect in August.

New Night Manager to Clean Up What Bars Leave Behind

At 2am the streets of downtown flood with drunks who won't leave as quickly as the City would like them to so they've hired Dominique Greco Ryan at $70,000 a year as the City's first Night Manager. This newly created position is designed to aid bar owners and the City in handling the task. She'll report to a soon-to-be-formed Nighttime Economy Committee made up of bar owners and City officials according to the Orlando Sentinel. The job's specific job duties have not been released. 
Note: We posted a photo we later took down based on one person's personal request.

Raw Cookie Dough Shop Coming to Orlando

A raw cookie dough shop is opening August 19th in Celebration with an Alice in Wonderland theme (as if the raw cookie dough wasn't theme enough!) according to the Orlando Sentinel. The name of the shop is Wonderland Cookie Dough Co. (Facebook) and will serve the raw dough with no eggs and heat-treated flour at 606 Market St. (MAP).

Every Food Truck Event in August

Lake Mary August 2
5-9pm Central Park, 100 N Country Club Rd
Caro-Bama BBQChiPhi - A Tale of Two CitiesEl Cubanito SubsFrenchy's CrepesKelly's Homemade Ice CreamLittle Blue Donut Truck
Kissimmee August 4
6-9pm Valencia College 1800 Denn John Lane
Little Blue Donut (replaced Sweet City Gelato)CaketeerChiPhi - A Tale of Two CitiesVoodooJamaica JamaicaMonsta LobstaRubios Baja GrillSMACTastebudsTwo Little Birds
Lake Nona August 9 
6-9pm Valencia College 12350 Narcoossee Rd
Angelo's Italian KitchenBurger LabCaro-Bama BBQChiPhi - A Tale of Two CitiesEl Cubanito SubsIt's All Greek To MeLittle Blue Donut TruckRubios Baja GrillSMACTamale Co Food Truck
Casselberry August 11
6-9pm Casselberry City Hall, 95 Triplet Lake Drive
Angelo's Italian KitchenBurger LabChiPhi - A Tale of Two CitiesCarobamaJamaica JamaicaKelly's Homemade Ice CreamLa EmpanadaLittle Blue Donut TruckRubios Baja GrillSMACTastebudsTwo Little Birds
Orlando August 13
5-8pm Macy's at Fashion Square Mall, 3505 Ea…

Minnesota Avenue Crossing Closure in Winter Park

SunRail is scheduled to upgrade the Minnesota Avenue railroad crossing in Winter Park from 9 p.m. Friday, July 28, through Tuesday, August 1. The work will include construction of new concrete panels and asphalt approaches to provide a safer and smoother crossing for motorists.

The crossing at Minnesota was recently added to SunRail’s Track Renewal and Grade Crossing Upgrade Project, which has replaced 54 crossings at 34 locations along the existing SunRail line from DeBary in Volusia County to Sand Lake Road in Orange County. This is the last crossing to be completed as part of the $9.6 million project.

During the closure, traffic traveling on Minnesota Avenue will be directed to use Barnum Avenue and Denning Drive as a detour. Access to all businesses will be maintained.

For the latest information on this construction project, visit

Former PR's Taco Palace For Rent

The 4,000 sq ft building at 499 W. Fairbanks Avenue (MAP) in Winter Park is for rent. The former PR's Taco Palace location's screaming neon exterior walls have been silenced with a thick layer of bland dark taupe paint. Interior work has begun which includes new ceiling tiles and baseboards among other pairs. The restaurant closed in June. The building's rent is $6,000 a month. Call 407-592-3401 for rent information. 

Pipoca Gourmet Popcorn in Baldwin Park

Pipoca Gourmet Popcorn (Facebook) at 4804 New Broad Street opened two months ago in Baldwin Park. The word "pipoca" means popcorn in Porteuguese. They sell bags of popcorn with 3, 6 and 9 scoops inside. The flavors are numerous and include churro, almond, watermelon, Oreo and more. The owners are from Brazil and used to run a sushi restaurant in Winter Garden. The shop also owns a popcorn bike!

Lucky's Market Going in These 4 Central Florida Spots

We told you in June that Ben Friedland, The VP of Marketing for Lucky's Market, the beer-while-you-shop, Trader-Joes-Meets-Whole-Foods grocery store, confirmed that more Orlando locations are in the works beyond the first one at 11750 E. Colonial Drive. (Source:Growthspotter).
According to Orlando Sentinel, Lucky's will be opening in the following areas of Central Florida. 
1. Winter Park opens late 2018 at 7542 University Boulevard
2. Hunter’s Creek opens Fall 2017 at 4161 Town Center Boulevard. 
3.Downtown South at Southside Shoppes opens spring/summer 2018
4. Clermont opens late 2018 at 1500 E. Highway 50.

Audubon Park Mid Century Modern House for Sale

Walk to East End Market, Blue Bird Bake Shop and Redlight Redlight from this Audubon Park mid-century modern home! Built in 1954, the home at 3709 Virginia Drive, Orlando FL 32803 (MAP) has 3 bedrooms, 2 full bathrooms, terrazzo flooring and a large Florida/sun room. The backyard is shaded by mature oak tree. Roof replaced in 2012. Electric panels updated in 2015. The seller is providing a home warranty. Downtown Orlando, Baldwin Park, Fashion Square Mall, Winter Park and Mills50 Main Street are close by. $314,900. Read Full Listing Here. CONTACT Realtor Shane Carson at 407-462-1310 with ERA Grizzard Realty.

What's Going into the Red Mug Diner When it Re-Opens?

Red Mug Diner at 63 East Pine Street (MAP) will close according to Scott Joseph. The Daily City spoke with one of the two owners and plans are still in place to cut the diner in half. One half will be Miami-based Ono Poke Shop (Instagram | Facebook).

According to the co-owner, there are two options for the Red Mug Diner half:
It will re-open as a full liquor bar that serves foodIt will be leased out. They're expecting offers for tenants and are open to national ones.  The owners of Red Mug Diner also own the whole building which has a second floor. We told you in January that the second floor was completely gutted with no walls or flooring and up for grabs. Watch our video walk-thru. The space will have stairs that lead up to it from the front of the building.

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Downtown South Now a Testing Ground for Community Design

In 2015 we told you Complete Streets was coming to Orlando and that SODO was the first district to get the treatment. It's finally taking shape in the form of Our Sodo. This new series of inter-related visioning and planning efforts kicked off May 31st. 
Our Sodo's Complete Streets Master Plan will bring SODO a unified design vision for roadways, pedestrian/bike facilities, streetscape materials and landscaping. effort is called  These efforts are aimed at "enhancing Orlando’s South Downtown as a place of shared local business, retail services, residential living and community character."
The Our Sodo project will incorporate the many stakeholders of Downtown South throughout the process, including property + business owners, FDOT, The SoDo District (Main Street Program), and Orange County.
This project began on May 31st when multi-day public charrettes were held. A charrette is a meeting in which all stakeholders in a project attempt to resolve conflicts and map so…

Quirkly Mills50 Building Has Become Another Smoke Shop

Empty for years, the unique tiny triangular building with excellent frontage at the corner of Mills & 50 has become... a smoke shop. The shop is at 1119 E. Colonial Drive (MAP) and called Climax Smoke Shop. We first shared the news on our instagram July 5th. As of July 10th, the business is open but the parking lot and planting beds have not been improved.

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New Taco Restaurant Coming to Mills50

Mills50 is getting a new taco restaurant as first reported by Orlando Weekly. Four Rebels American Taco Bar & Kitchen (Facebook) announced May 25th they'd be opening their first brick and mortar location inside the dead restaurant space with the rooftop bar in Mills Park at 1618 N. Mills Ave (MAP) . This business currently has one tent at Winter Garden Farmers Market. The dead restaurant space was formerly Orlando's first (and last) Segafredo location. 
Rumor Alert: Segafredo in Mills Park Closed PermanentlyMills Park's Former Segafredo Space is for Rent

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Solar Trash Compactor Pilot Project Coming to Downtown

Downtown Orlando is getting solar trash compactors as part of a City of Orlando pilot project. They have plans to expand to other walkable urban areas at the completion of the pilot according to Chris Castro, Director of Sustainability for the City.

The City is also working on sensors on these compactors and dumpster bins to dynamically schedule pick-ups. 
In 2011 the City of Kissimmee installed 30 solar trash compactors after a successful pilot program. Also in 2011, LYNX installed 9 at Osceola Square Mall Transfer Center (4), West Oaks Transit Center (2) and Seminole Center Transit Center (3).

Castro shared the information at the June 14, 2017 Advisory Council meeting of the Downtown South Neighborhood Improvement District.

Photo Credit The Daily Cougar

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State, City and FDOT Approval Was Required for One Sign in the Lake Lawsona Fern Creek Neighborhood

An agreement that lasts until December 31, 2032 goes before City Council Monday. It's for a project between the State of Florida, Department of Transportation (“FDOT”) and the City of Orlando.

The project is one standalone sign that identifies the Lake Lawsona Fern Creek neighborhood.  

The agreement between all three agencies was created and required because the location proposed is in Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) Right Of Way. 
The Lake Lawsona Community will be paying for all the fees for the sign including permitting, design and installation.

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Keynote Speakers Announced for OrlandoiX 2017

The first wave of keynote speakers for OrlandoiX 2017 have been announced. They range from leading game developers to prominent industry financiers. The conference will take place August 17-18 at Full Sail University. BUY TICKETS
Jonathan Faunce Jonathan is the Creative Director for HTC Vive. He directs and inspires HTC's talented team of 3D, UI, motion, and sound designers. Together they’re developing amazing new AR/VR/MR experiences. He specializes in product design, creative direction, and design strategy, and has 14+ years of experience in creative leadership. In previous years, Jonathan has led design for other brands, including: Nintendo, EA Sports, Capcom, Microsoft, and Xbox.

John Baldecchi John is the CEO of Digital Riot Media, and is a well-known movie and television producer, working on films such as “The Mexican”, “FML”, “Odd Thomas”, and perhaps most notably, the recent reboot of “Point Break.” With Digital Riot Media, John has now shifted his focus on producing direct…