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Santa, Baby!

Santa, Baby!

A Letter to Santa Claus From a Thankful Florida Elf on Letter Writing Day Dearest S. Claus, I hope this letter finds you well on Letter Writing Day! It’s that time of year again, when your portrait is emblazoned on every storefront and merry jingles tinkle out of speakers, greeting us with warmth on chilly ...

You Never Know What Might Come Through That Door…

You Never Know What Might Come Through That Door…

On Pawnbroker’s Day, a Few Free Things to do With Your Kids If you have kids, chances are you’ve attempted to reason, bargain, or otherwise convince them that it’s more fun to do something for free than something you pay for (“the best things in life are free, guys!”) Their requests range from a trip to Shake ...

Repeal Day: Orlando’s Alternatives to Alcohol

Repeal Day: Orlando’s Alternatives to Alcohol

You don’t have to booze it up to enjoy a tasty apertif here in Orlando Sometimes, you just want a drink without having to have a drink. When your appetite says yes, but your liver says no, it’s time to do some searching for a fabulous, non-alcoholic beverage. There are plenty of places to whet your whistle in ...

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Who Let the Dogs Out?

Shelter pets deserve a chance at finding a loving family, too. Mutt Day is the perfect day to bring your new best friend home from an Orlando shelter or rescue! Dogs like that are cute and all, but shelter pups will love you just as much, and they really, really, really need your help (unlike that expensive, ...

I Can’t Come In Today…

I Can’t Come In Today…

It’s Stay At Home Because You’re Well Day, which might mean calling into work with some creative excuses. Here are a few for us Orlandoans specifically (sorry, boss!) I think we’ve all taken a few liberties while calling in sick. Among my many and varied excuses of sick days past are a few genuine jewels of ...

Prohibition Era Cocktails

Prohibition Era Cocktails

While alcohol was illegal, underground booze culture flourished and shaped our current tastes The best way to get people excited about something is to make it illegal. So, it makes sense that after the manufacturing and sale of alcohol was made illegal in 1919, a spirited culture of alcohol consumption flourished. ...

Family Fun in Orlando 10/1/16-10/15/16

Family Fun in Orlando 10/1/16-10/15/16

By: Jacqueline Foust ( Art in the Park Orlando) Hooray its Fall in Orlando. Today it is 92 degrees but that will not keep me away from a piping hot pumpkin spice latte. As I slide back into my car sweat drips in my eyes and my butt skin becomes one with the leather seats of the family truckster. I am partially ...

Downtown Orlando Embassy Suites Has Been SOLD

Downtown Orlando Embassy Suites Has Been SOLD

Some prime real estate in the Downtown Lake Eola area has recently been sold.  The 167 room Embassy Suites Hotel located on 191 E. Pine Street has been sold to Paradise America for $26M.  The company address traces it to Clearwater but per the sales paperwork the buyer is listed as a foreign entity.  This is the ...

24 Hour Diner Opening In Downtown Orlando

24 Hour Diner Opening In Downtown Orlando

Red Mug Diner Takes Over Old Golden Knife Location Formerly the Zilly Bee Cafe and now formerly Golden Knife Chophouse location is making way for a new restaurant concept in Downtown Orlando.  The Golden Knife closed last week after only being open for a short time.  The new food spot concept seems to be a better ...

Orlando Magic Make Large Donation To UCF Downtown Campus

Orlando Magic Make Large Donation To UCF Downtown Campus

And just like MAGIC the University of Central Florida has received it's first large donation to help pay for the NEW Downtown UCF Campus location. The Orlando Magic have donated $1.5 million making this the first major private donation of the $20 million fundraising effort of the UCF Foundation. “A strong, vibrant, ...