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



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



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!



Lambs Eat Ivy Salon  – 804 E Washington St

From 9am – 4pm



Lake Eola, Southeast Grassy Area – 195 N Rosalind

From 10am – 4pm




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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

Why not avoid the Black Friday hype and stimulate the local economy? Small business Saturday is a great way. Small business owners are your neighbors. They employ people in your neighborhood. Your local stores carry or create unique products the people on your list will love. You’ll receive personal attention and no shipping fees.

Check out your local Main Street districts for lists of small businesses in your area.  Mills 50 is right around the corner from Downtown and full of great places to find a truly unique gift this holiday season – try a gift card to one of the many locally owned delicious restaurants, frame some artwork at the local frame shop on Mills, or find some gifts from around the world at one of the international shops.  Try Audubon Park for some yummy holiday cupcakes, custom jewelry at the Bead Lounge, or to find the perfect gift for a garden lover at Palmer’s.  Thornton Park isn’t a “Main Street” district but be sure to stop through there for a custom t-shirt from Mother Falcon, cute accessories from one of the boutiques, or how about a hot sauce gift set from Tijuana Flats for someone who enjoys things spicy!  Or try Ivanhoe village for the antique lover – just stop in any one of the vintage or antique shops on Orange Avenue for a one of a kind gift!

Why not avoid the crowds, the hype, racing around and check out your favorite small business Saturday?


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