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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…

Corrine Drive Complete Streets Study Public Workshop

The first public workshop for the Corrine Drive Complete Streets Study is July 27th 4-8pm Leu Gardens (Camellia Room) 1920 N. Forest Avenue (MAP).

For the past several months, MetroPlan Orlando has been collecting technical data on how the road currently functions and listening to the community’s thoughts on Corrine Drive and desires for the corridor’s future.

In this workshop, results from their technical analysis and community survey will be shared. They’ll also ask attendees to help identify specific hot spots along Corrine Drive that experience transportation issues.

The workshop will use an open house format. Guests are welcome to come and go at any time within the 6-8 p.m. time period. They recommend that you allot about 30-45 minutes to participate fully.

Millennials Make Up 30% of Olive Garden Sales

30% of guests at Olive Garden are Millennials and Olive Garden makes up "HALF of Darden's overall sales" as well according to CNN.

"Same-store (Olive Garden) sales...rose 4.4% in the latest quarter, guest numbers went up 2% and shares of Darden (DRI) "rose more than 5% to an all-time high."

Photo Credit: AP

DJ Khaled Was Raised in Orlando

According to Newsweek, DJ Khaled was raised in Orlando, Florida:  Born in New Orleans in 1975 to Palestinian immigrant parents, raised in Orlando, Florida, and forged into a world-beating DJ in the heat of Miami radio, Khaled Mohamed Khaled is one of America’s top recording artists, with 11 platinum records. Read the full story HERE. Apparently we're late to the party because Orlando Weekly shared this in 2014. They said he attended Dr Phillips High School as well.

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.