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:

Small-business-circular

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!

October makes for a busy month in Orlando, between the weather and the things to do we don’t plan on spending any of our off time indoors!  There is so much to do…almost too much, so as to not overwhelm you we’ve listed a few of our favorites.  Enjoy!

 

Come Out With Pride

October 6th – October 12th, main event on October 11th

Various Locations

 

Thornton Park Wine & Art Walk

October 9th

Glass Pick Up at McMillen Law Firm on E. Central

 

Jazz ‘N Blues Stroll

October 11th

Leu Gardens

 

Pedalpalooza

October 11th

Ivanhoe Village & Downtown South

 

Winter Park Autumn Art Festival

October 11th and 12th

Central Park in Downtown Winter Park

 

Taste of Thornton Park

October 16th

Intersection of Washington and Hyer, around the fountain

 

Music on Mills

October 18th

Various Venues on Mills Ave.

 

College Park JazzFest

October 25th

Along  Edgewater Drive

 

Vegfest

October 25th

Orlando Festival Park

 

 

Next weekend is for the dogs!

Each year Lambs Eat Ivy Salon hosts Shampooch, a dog washing fundraiser to help raise money for a local animal shelter or rescue. There have been a total of 10 rescues helped and over $50,000 raised, that’s pretty impressive! This year the chosen rescue is Florida Little Dog Rescue, a rescue whose focus is on the little guys!

Now, this isn’t just a dog wash, it’s a huge event with so much to do! There will be a Block and Bark Party, professional pet portraits, food trucks, music, raffle prizes (an iPad!!) and so much more!  It is such a fun event and you by no means have to have a dog to enjoy the fun.  But if you don’t have a dog, we suggest you walk on down to Lake Eola and adopt one from Barktoberfest where there will be more than 50 rescue partners promoting adoption!

 

Shampooch

Lambs Eat Ivy Salon  – 804 E Washington St

From 9am – 4pm

 

Barktoberfest

Lake Eola, Southeast Grassy Area – 195 N Rosalind

From 10am – 4pm

 

 

 

Have you thought about purchasing a home in the beautiful Thornton Park area? Visit our site and contact us today!

 

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Authentic french fare may be one of the harder food groups to come by in Orlando, luckily Benjamin Frech Bakery exists! Not only can you get delicious, hand made pastry wonderfulness – you can also stop in for breakfast or lunch! The breakfast menu features croissant sandwiches and omelets, while the lunch menu features sandwiches made with baguettes, fresh salads, and the ever so popular quiches. Don’t forgot to add on a few macaroons to your order!

Benjamin French Cafe is located in the Thornton Park neighborhood at 716 E. Washington. The cafe is open Monday – Sunday but the hours very, so be sure to check the website.

 

7th annual shampoochIf you’re a pet lover like I am, then you can’t miss the 7th Annual Shampooch this weekend!  This fundraising event, hosted by Lambs Eat Ivy Salon, features professional pet portraits, multiple raffles including an iPad, silent auction, music and food.  Enjoy the festivities while your pup gets a bath!  The fundraiser supports five of the top rescue partners of Orange County Animal Service:

A Forever Home Animal Rescue
Humane Society of Florida/Royal Animal Rescue
Pitiful Pups
Ruff World
Cats Are My Love

The party begins at 9 am on Washington St. from Hyer to Summerlin in Thornton Park!  Things wrap up at 4 pm so get there early for some fun for you and your pets.

While you’re out and about in the Downtown Orlando area, stop by our open house in Lake Como!  This 4/2 Bungalow was built in 1948 and is 1576 sq. ft.

LEI_SaturdaypatioThis weekend you can enjoy a mimosa, get a manicure, and people watch in Downtown Orlando’s favorite neighborhood for locals!  Lambs Eat Ivy Salon located at 804 E Washington St  will be featuring Manicures and Mimosas on their front patio from 11:30 am – 3 pm.  The weather is just right to enjoy a manicure alfresco in Thornton Park!

Stop by this Saturday from 11:30 am – 3 pm and enjoy a relaxing weekend in Downtown Orlando.  First come first serve!  For more info visit their Facebook page or call  (407) 245-7006.

The Thornton Park area is full of small businesses to check out – make a day of it!

This weekend in Downtown Orlando shop new or used at Lake Eola and Thornton Park.  Kick off  the weekend searching for an awesome find at the Thornton Park yard sale.  I’m sure there will be some unique items in this eclectic neighborhood filled with 1920s bungalows and Craftsman style homes. The neighborhood yard sale starts at 8 am on Saturday April 14th.

Then join the crowd at the 23rd annual Spring Fiesta in the Park at Lake Eola.  This local arts and crafts festival features vendors from across the region selling their wares.  Visit the website for vendor application info or the Facebook Page for more details on the event.  The festival runs from 10 am – 5 pm on Saturday and 12-5 pm on Sunday.

If you are looking for another outdoor activity to enjoy this spring, be sure to check out Taste of Winter Park next Wednesday April 18th from 5-8 pm.  Unlimited samples of food and drink from over 40 vendors!  Only $45 at the door.

Speaking of Winter Park, stop by my Winter Park Open house on Saturday from 1-3 pm!

Image from Spring Fiesta Facebook Page

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