Go Local Wednesdays

Just about 1 week left until Christmas, are you done shopping?  Probably not.  Does that stress you out? Probably.  So how about relieving some of that stress with a little retail therapy and craft beer.  That’s right, you heard me, pick up last minute gifts (or treat yourself!) while enjoying a tasty beverage (or two!)…Redlight Saves Christmas.

Tonight, head over to Redlight Redlight for a few drinks and while you are there check out the amazing pop up shops from Dear Prudence, Bamapana, Metal Wisom, Audubon General and VSOM.  Drinking and shopping. Brilliant!  We suggest drink first, that way you’ll be more likely to spend a few extra dollars on gifts and then you can tell all of your friends and family how awesome you are for supporting local businesses! It’s a no brainer, friends.  Live local, shop local, drink local.


When: 12/17/14 from 7-10p

Where: Redlight Redlight  – 2810 Corrine Dr.


It’s Go Local Wednesday but I’m not going local today.  I’m going grateful.

This time of year we express what we are grateful for.  I can admit that I am guilty of not thinking too deeply about it and just saying something along the lines of ‘my family’ or ‘my friends’ or ‘my health’.  All of this is true, I couldn’t be more grateful for those things because I may not have made it through these past 6 months without them. But it was also a lot of the little things that helped on a day to day basis. Little things like frozen pizzas, hot showers, an excellent home insurance plan, modern medicine and coffee, lots and lots of coffee.

We tend to take the little things for granted, that isn’t a bad thing, it’s just the way it is.  But sometimes it is the little things all grouped together that can REALLY make you happy.  Something as little as being able to treat yourself to a nice dinner once a month, or how about being able to go home at the end of the day to your kids or animals or partner who always put a smile on your face.  Or even having that umbrella in your car to protect you from the torrential downpours we’ve had the past few days!  These things may seem silly but these are the things we take for granted but make us happy. Think about it, how much would you have complained if you got soaked in the rain yesterday?!  I know I would have!  So when you are asked tomorrow what you are grateful for why don’t you think about those little things for a moment, because we are all always grateful for our health, for our friends, for our family…

So tell me, what little things are you grateful for?


28 years of Christmas trees decorated by local designers, businesses and corporations.  28 years of one of Central Florida’s best holiday traditions, Festival of Trees.

Each year the Council of 101 hosts Festival of Trees where the Orlando Museum of Art is transformed into a holiday wonderland filled with decorated Christmas trees,  gingerbread creations, wreaths, tabletop displays and so much more.  Mostly all of it is for sale and proceeds help cultural development of local visual arts and local children’s art educational programs.

This year the theme is ‘Tis the Season’ and there are only a few days left to join in on this joyous display of the holiday season!  There are so many special pieces that make up this event. Deck the Halls, where you’ll find unique custom centerpieces, wreaths, and garland for sale.  Festival Boutique, where you can find one of a kind local merchandise for sale.  Toyland Town, where there are kid’s crafts, games, children’s gifts for sale (priced perfectly for the little ones),  and what would Toyland be without a visit from Santa Claus!  Santa will be there Saturday, November 22 and 23 from 10am to 4pm.

General Admission: Now through 11/23

  • $10 per adult
  • $6 per child (ages 3-11)

Tickets can be purchased at the museum, and include admission to current OMA art exhibits.


Interested in buying or selling this holiday season? Visit us here or call us, 407-494-2820!


The holidays are right around the corner, for most that means spending time with family and friends, for some it means spending time shopping for the best deals. Believe me, we aren’t judging, because we too partake in some of the craziness that is Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and every other extra special super discount shopping day. But another thing we do is Shop Small, and you should too.

A few years ago American Express started the Shop Small campaign where it promoted shopping only at local businesses rather than big box stores on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. The campaign has continued to grow and it is pretty amazing the impact that shopping local can have on your community. Check out this infographic:


Pretty awesome!  And it isn’t just about shopping local and spending your money, it’s about becoming a part of something. There are other ways to get involved, like organizing an event to help celebrate small businesses in your neighborhood.  Getting your friends and family together to spend the day out and about getting to know your local business owners. Continually posting on social media sites promising to Shop Small on November 29th because we all know if one of your friends is shopping local then the rest will too!

American Express has made it really simple for both the consumer and the business owner.  Consumers, follow this link, put in your address and it will give a list of all local businesses in your area that are promoting Shop Small.  Business owners, follow this link to promote your business.

There are so many great places scattered around Orlando to Shop Small.  We suggest Park Ave CDsDear Prudence  and East End Market in Audobon Park.  Cloak and Dapper in Ivanhoe Village.   Maybe Colonial Photo & Hobby or City Oasis in Mills50.  How about Paper Gallery & Gingersnap Station in College Park.  And Zou Zou Boutique in Thornton Park.  We haven’t even gotten started on places to eat yet! Just to name a few we love,   P is for Pie, brunch at The Hammered Lamb,  Hawkers, Benjamin French Bakery.  We could go on for days, but I think you get the point.  The places to Shop Small are endless, be part of the movement!

Tell us, where are you going to Shop Small?


We have no affiliation with American Express, we just really feel that the Shop Small movement is something everyone needs to be a part of!


This past weekend I, along with others volunteered to help Green Up Mills50. It was a chilly morning, and by chilly I mean COLD, 53 degrees!   But I bundled up, grabbed my bag of mulch and got to work with the other volunteers.  We spent a few hours trimming back palms, weeding and replanting planters along Mills Avenue, a little bit of work that made a lot of difference.  It is amazing how a few hours of volunteer work can really put a little pep in your step for the rest of the day!

Main Street Neighborhoods rely on volunteers, whether it be for beautifying the neighborhood,  running local events or even just getting the word out about other ways to help.   Below we’ve linked to each district website that has a volunteer section or we’ve listed their email so you can find out more about their volunteer opportunities.  Volunteering is the best way to give back to the community, it doesn’t cost you anything yet it makes a huge impact.

Have you volunteered recently?  Do you know of other ways to volunteer for the community?  Let us know!

Audubon Park Garden District : AudubonParkGardenDistrict@gmail.com

Church Street District:  info@churchstreetdistrict.com

Mills50 District:  director@mills50.org

College Park Partnership

Downtown South District

Ivanhoe Village District

Thornton Park District


Have you been thinking about buying or selling you home in one of the Main Street Neighborhoods?  Give us a call, (407) 494-2820.


Spend this weekend getting a head start on your holiday shopping by buying local, handmade goods from vendors at Fall Fiesta in the Park!  For two days 600+ vendors span the entire walkway around Lake Eola, all to sell their handmade goods. There is food,  live entertainment and plenty of kids activities for the little ones.

We love Fall Fiesta, each year we spend all weekend roaming around, taking our time picking out the perfect gifts for friends and family…and maybe a little something for ourselves too.  It is a day you can take nice and slow.  There will be plenty of food and drink vendors so after you are done shopping go grab a bite and lounge around beautiful Lake Eola for a while, the weather is perfect for it!

Fall Fiesta is a great way to support  our local community, local artists and local crafters.


Fall Fiesta in the Park

Saturday 11/1 from 10am – 5pm

Sunday 11/2 from 12pm – 5pm




Interested in purchasing a home around Downtown Orlando, we just listed this property in Lake Como!  Call today to schedule a private showing!


Let’s talk breakfast for a moment.   The most important meal of the day.  The most diverse meal of the day.  Have it savory or sweet, heavy or light, you can even have it for dinner! The options are endless so it makes perfect sense that one of our absolute favorite food trucks is local yolk’l.

A husband and wife team who cook up a most delicious breakfast, a lot of it sourced locally!  Local cage free eggs from Lake Meadow Naturals in Ocoee, breads from Old Hearth Bread Company in Casselberry and bagels from Bagel King in Orlando.  They have a diverse menu, from savory breakfast sandwiches like The Glitzy which is a bagel with scrambled egg, American cheese, and bacon (comes with home fries) to items a little more on the sweet side like Red Velvet Pancakes with cream cheese icing or Stuffed French Toast stuffed with Nutella, strawberry or peanut butter & jelly.  How can you go wrong? Well, you can’t really.

local yolk’l is an incredibly popular food truck so their schedule is all over the place, you can usually find them at the major events around town and always at The Food Truck Bazaars.  You absolutely have to try them.  Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to find out where they are going next and what their monthly special is. Right now it is the Twisted Elvis, look at this thing…yummmmmmm!

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