Winter Park Gems

 

This October marks 129 years since Winter Park was incorporated as a town. According to the City of Winter Park, the initial purpose of the city was to provide refuge for northerners wishing to escape cold winter temperatures. Full of parks, museums, brick roads and architecture, Winter Park has no shortage of art or beauty. Park Avenue is lined with numerous local stores and critically acclaimed restaurants. The 6 places below are what I consider some real Winter Park gems – some that have been open for less than a year and some that really only locals know about – adding their own flavor to Orlando’s expanding local food scene.

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National Coffee Day!

 

Nowadays it seems there is a National “Something” Day for pretty much everything, but National Coffee Day is one I can definitely get with. As a coffee addict I am glad I live in Orlando where there is no shortage of local, quality coffee shops in every side of town. Since I’ve previously done coffee posts (here and here), I wanted to highlight some lesser known spots and some that don’t get the props they deserve. I know it’s easy to just hop in a drive-thru from a chain but Orlando has so much more to offer once you start exploring!  Continue reading “National Coffee Day!”

College Park

 

The community we know as College Park got its name due to the different streets named after colleges, such as Princeton, Stetson, and Yale. College Park is just northwest of downtown Orlando, making it not only a convenient area to live, but a great place to open a business. The College Park Publix, complete with a very retro look and signage, and the David’s World Cycle store have been College Park staples for decades. You’ll find most of the dining and shopping along Edgewater, with everything from trendy hair salons to juice bars and resale boutiques. There are so many noteworthy local establishments located in College Park that choosing six was no easy task! Here are some of my favorites, and let me know in the comments which are your favorite places to visit in College Park!

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Audubon Park Garden District

 

Audubon Park Garden District was selected as one of only 3 Great American Main Streets for 2016, and if you’ve ever been, it’s easy to see why. President and CEO of the National Main Street Center had this to say about Audubon Park: “Audubon Park is to be commended for reinventing itself as the home of several destination-worthy small businesses and the epicenter of Orlando’s good food movement, while also pioneering green practices for businesses and commercial districts.” When thinking of neighborhoods where small local businesses are welcomed and provided the opportunity to bring a dream into fruition Audubon Park would be the first that I would name. Audubon Park is filled with local businesses and restaurants that believe in supporting each other, restaurants that purchase their ingredients from other local merchants and farms, a variety of vegan choices, and the Audubon Community Market was the first local-only farmer’s market in Orlando.

 

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