Go Local Wednesdays

I love little neighborhood cafés and restaurants that are nestled between residential homes. We are lucky have a few of them to choose from in Downtown Orlando neighborhoods,  and one of my favorites is 903 Mills Market.  It may not really be a hidden gem because it is so well known and so popular and for good reason! The menu is awesome, the staff is great but the ambience is what really makes it special.  It is super chill, relaxed and easy going, most of the seating is outside but they have a few tables inside as well.  During the day you can relax under the shade of the umbrellas and at night under the string lights and night sky.  It is located on the corner of Gore and South Mills, just a few steps from Lake Davis.  A great place to have a bite and a drink and then meander around the lake and catch a beautiful view of Downtown Orlando skyline!

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Whether you are a local business owner or a local resident who likes to stay involved you should definitely come to the Mills 50 Business After Hours next Wednesday, March 25th.  The Business After Hours will be held at Bart. on Mills Ave from 5:30 – 7pm.  It’s a casual atmosphere and all are welcome,  go hang, drink a beer, play some classic arcade games and get to know your neighbors and local business owners!  If you are a Mills 50 member it is free, for non-members it is $5.  Please RSVP to director@mills50.org

Where: Bart.

When: Wednesday March 25th @ 5:30pm

Who doesn’t love this time of year?!  Sitting on your patio eating dinner, walking around one of Orlando’s many lakes or catching a FREE outdoor movie on the lawn at Enzian are a few of the best ways to enjoy these Spring evenings!   On select Wednesday nights the Enzian has their ‘Wednesday Night Pitcher Show’ outside on their lawn. Classic movies, beers, munchies and trivia…pretty much the perfect evening to hang with friends.

March 11th (tonight) is Rollerball

March 25th is The Usual Suspects

April 1st is Reservoir Dogs

The show starts at 8pm but come early for a game of Jell-O shot movie trivia!  Wednesday Night Pitcher Show is popular so to help with parking the Enzian will now offer a valet service for $3 and if you valet you will get free popcorn so it totally pays for itself!   If you’d rather park yourself you will find free parking across the street at First Watch and State Farm.

Enzian is a staple in Orlando and provides so much entertainment for the community, if you’d like to make a donation to help continue their support please do so here.  It is a tax deductible donation too! Help support the small guy if you can, show some local love!


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Mills 50 truly is ‘The Intersection of Creativity and Culture’ . Over the past few years this area has really started to express its personality with the help of some really great local artists. Between the Dumpster Art Project, Murals and Art Box Project there is always something new popping up to catch your eye!

There are two new art projects in the works and both could use your contribution.  First is Bottle Cap Murals.   Eric Rollings, Soil and Water Conservation Supervisor, has secured an artist who will create a mural from bottle caps.  Your contribution would be the bottle caps! If you’d like to help out you can contact Eric by phone: 407-256-2470 or you can also email the main street director for more details:  director@mills50.org.

Next is Operation Put a Bird On It!  Local artist Brendan O’Connor will create a bird house, using ceramic birds out of a now defunct traffic light located at the corner of Amelia and Mills.  Your contribution would be the birds, if you happen to have a ceramic bird or two lying around that you’d like to donate, please drop them off at Great Escape Frame & Art, 1207 N. Mills.

Everyone should love where they live! 

We finally had a chance to check out The Brass Tap at Mills Park and we are so glad we did!   If you haven’t been I highly suggest you go check it out, go thirsty and hungry because there are tons of food and drink options.  We went for a business happy hour and it was the perfect atmosphere, laid back, but grown up enough to actually be able to conduct a little business. It’s perfect for the Mills 50 district.

They have Happy Hour during the week, Monday – Friday from 4-7pm, Live Music on Saturdays and Trivia on Wednesdays (starting next week). Oh, and if you consider yourself serious beer drinker then you should take advantage of their Brew Crew membership, you drink beer, earn points, and get stuff.

May I suggest Cigar City Minaret Nitro and the Sriracha covered bacon.  Drool.

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Orlando is a melting pot of culture.  One of the largest Asian communities in Florida is right here in our very own Mills 50 District.  A variety of Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese restaurants and shops line Colonial Avenue and Mills Avenue, some of the best Asian cuisine I’ve ever eaten is located right in my backyard!

You can learn a lot about culture through food but you can learn even more by getting out and spending the day at a cultural festival and parade. And that is why this year I’m going to spend the day celebrating the Lunar New Year at the Dragon Parade Lunar New Year Festival.  Did you know that the Lunar New Year is the most important festival celebrated in Asia?  2015 is the Year of the Goat (or Sheep, depending on who you ask), it is said that people born under this sign are the most creative, delicate, well mannered and quite charming…hmm, that sounds like me! Just kidding, I’m a Rooster, practical, observant, loyal…spot on, what are you?   Okay, back to the Dragon Parade, this year Asia Trend Magazine, Mills 50 Main Street District, REACH of Central Florida and Y.E.S.S. have come together to organize the parade.  It is expected to be so large that it was moved to The Fashion Square Mall!  The festival starts with a parade in the parking lot and is followed by 5 hours of cultural performances, food, arts and crafts, exhibitions and more.

Admission is free so there is no reason to miss this awesome event! I can not help but love where I live! Tell me, do you love where you live? 

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February 22 @ 11am

Roads. Roads. Roads.  There are a lot of them in Orlando and most of them could use a little improvement, some could use a lot of improvement.  Let’s take the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project for example.   A 21 mile make over from west of Kirkman to east of State Road 434, boasting major improvements for our economy and community, I like it, sounds awesome! But I’m lucky enough to not have to commute using I-4 because I live, work and play in the Downtown Orlando area, this will affect a lot of you in a major way. For those of you who do use it please take advantage of the I-4 Ultimate website, it is very useful and if you have time tomorrow morning go to What’s up Downtown, the entire meeting is about ‘Building A Better I-4’ and the I-4 Ultimate Improvement Project.

Now here is one that will most definitely affect me…the resurfacing of Colonial Drive from US 441 to Shine Ave.  Mills50, this is my stretch of land, my area, my neighborhood and the roads I travel most often.  I’m happy to hear that there will be improvements, I’m just hoping they choose to spruce it up a little too. Maybe some safer crosswalks, maybe some Mills50 signage, who knows!  If you are free tomorrow evening you should go the public meeting, FDOT staff will be there answering questions and showing design concepts.  It’s held at the Marks Street Senior Center between 5:30 and 7:30pm.  Share your ideas, let your voice be heard, you never know,  something might stick!

I love where I live!  Do you?

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