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Downtown Credo Closes College Park Coffee Shop and Community Event Space

Credit: The Daily City

Downtown CREDO announced Monday April 4th that it closed the College Park location of its coffee shop business at 706 W. Smith Street (MAP) after nine years in operation.

Founder Ben Hoyer said, “The quick and open-ended effects of COVID-19 coupled with an increasing rent burden made it extremely challenging to continue operating in the College Park space.”

The space was also used for event rentals and community events.

The social enterprise benefit corporation’s two other locations remain open. They are located inside the AdventHealth Campus at 550 E. Rollins Street and in the North Quarter District at 885 North Orange Avenue.

Read Below For a Personal Message From The Daily City

We have to say something about this location of Downtown Credo.

In 2009 when we switched our name and focus from Orlando Arts Blog to The Daily City, we found and fell in love with Credo. Owner Ben Hoyer made us feel welcome and part of his community so much so that it became our makeshift office for the next year.

While we were there, Ben introduced us to several local advocates and creatives who were all scrappy start ups like us who just wanted to make Orlando better. There was real honest interaction and inspiration there.

It’s where our early special events like the Big Box of Orlando Pop Up Shop, Cardboard Art Festival, and Food Truck Bazaar were born. The location also served as the location for one of the first Orlando Indie Media Meetup meetings which we helped create.

The Daily City will always hold that year of Credo as a very special and inspirational place in time. We are forever indebted to Ben Hoyer and the Credo family for their warmth and kindness.

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