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8 Things to Know This Week



Monday July 1, 2019

1. The self-serve car wash structure with no front or back walls at 2416 Curry Ford Road in the Hourglass District @thehourglassdistrict will be turned into a row of enclosed retail spaces according to Elise Sabatino with @nationalrealestate. She confirmed with The Daily City that "...we are enclosing the car wash to create retail spaces.” The architect of record for the development is @interstruct.design.build. On the property there will also be a food truck area, outdoor fire pit, lighting, covered seating, restrooms, ornamental trees, and artificial turf. The property looks to be, once completed, an activated and engaging outdoor eating and shopping destination. Here’s more news about the property the car wash is on. The 3,160 sq ft single tenant building on the corner of Bumby and Curry Ford on that same property has recently been leased out. The space will become a brand new restaurant concept according to Sabatino. The restaurant's "conceptual design and exploratory menu phase is in process.”



2. The 7-11 retail convenience store with the half walls and metal flag-like rooftop at 83 E. Colonial Drive is for sale for $6,226,571. Built in 2000, the property was listed Fall of 2018 and remains unsold according to Loopnet. Contact John or Max Krzyminski at JLL at 407-930-7275 for details.



3. A local Orlando couple turned a vintage horse trailer into a mobile bar and bartending service called @BowTieTrailers. The white enamel trailer, designed for special events, opens up on the side displaying the interior which contains potted plants and decorative wall tiles. Though it has two beer taps on board, it’s what the owners are calling a 'dry bar." This means it does not sell alcohol. The owners connect you with a retailer so you can purchase the recommended items while they collect all the beverages from the retailer and deliver them on the day of the event in their trailer.



4. Dexter's restaurant in @thorntonpark at 808 E Washington Street recently completed an interior renovation. The large bar that dominated the space has been moved to the side, the columns in the center of the space have been removed, and the large wall in the rear of the space has a new wood covering. The grand re-opening took place this past Friday.



5. Krystal hamburger fast food chain launched pretty significant meal deal recently across the country: an all you can eat burgers and fries deal for $5.99. All-You-Can-Eat Krystals and Fries are served from 6am to closing dine-in only at participating restaurants while supplies last. Krystal has 340 restaurants in 10 states with 7,500 employees.

Orlando locations:

  1. 11052 E Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32807

  2. 3634 East Curry Ford Road Orlando, FL 32806

  3. 11376 S Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32837

  4. 5908 S Orange Blossom Trail Orlando, FL 32809

  5. 6201 W Colonial Drive Orlando, FL 32808



6.According to the National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach report, a worker in the Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford area making minimum wage ($8.46/hour) would have to work 85 hours per week to afford a studio apartment at the fair market rate of $841/month.The annual income needed to afford a studio in this area is $37,280. A minimum wage worker would need to work 91 hours per week for a one bedroom, 108 hours for a two bedroom, 143 hours for a three bedroom and a whopping 171 hours for a four bedroom. And that’s per week!



7. Downtown Orlando's first off-leash dog park is currently undergoing renovations. The park, located within Constitution Green Park at 300 South Summerlin Avenue in Thornton Park, first opened in October 2016. The improvements being implemented during the renovation include additional seating, leveling the ground, installing a larger plaza, and new sod, curbs, and mulch areas. A sign hung on the property by the City states "While you may not see active construction taking place, keep in mind new sod needs time to take root." Completion of the renovation is expected for late Summer. While you’re waiting for this dog park to re-open, go check out and enjoy these other Orlando dog parks:

  1. Lake Druid Park, 899 Coy Drive

  2. Barnett Dog Park, 4801 W. Colonial Drive

  3. Greenwood Urban Wetlands, 1411 Greenwood Street

  4. Park of the Americas, 201 Andes Avenue



8. Walt Disney World raised its rates on Florida Resident Annual Passes last week. It's most likely a crowd control effort with Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge opening in 2.5 months according to Orlando Sentinel. Theme Park Insider agrees: "(They're) obviously... looking to contain attendance..." The last time they raised the rates was in October according to WESH.

There are unsubstantiated reports that passholders will get special preview days according to CinemaBlend. Below are the current rates for Florida Resident Annual Passes.

  1. Platinum Plus pass - $999 up 18%

  2. Platinum Pass - $899 up 20%

  3. Gold Pass - $699 up 15%

  4. Silver Pass - $519

  5. Select Pass - $439

  6. Weekday Select Pass - $349

  7. Epcot After 4pm Pass - $309

  8. Water Parks - $139

  9. Water Parks After 2pm - $89



SUNDAY JULY 28 -- A farmers market is essential to city life. Sweating through one is not. So The Daily City created the Indoor Farmers Market (Facebook Event) taking place Sunday July 28th 10am-2pm inside the 2-story venue Celine at 22 S. Magnolia Ave in downtown Orlando. Guests will shop for beef, pork, bread, in-season produce and more from 100% local growers, eat lunches and snacks from local food makers, discover new culinary brands and products, sip mimosas and coffee, and enjoy it all in crisp cool air conditioning! READ MORE

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