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Tomorrow night is Virginia Drive Live in Ivanhoe Village.  Spend the evening strolling along Virginia Drive while shopping local vendors and dining from some of the best Orlando food trucks.  Do you prefer to drink while you stroll?  If you do you can purchase a $15 wrist band that will allow you to taste 10 different wines located along Virginia Drive.  If you prefer to sit and relax while you drink then you can stroll over to the beer garden and enjoy live entertainment and beer!

It starts at 6pm and goes until 10pm, so take your time, chat with the locals and enjoy this amazing weather!

What: Virginia Drive Live

When: Saturday March 14th between 6 and 10pm

On Virginia Drive between Orange Ave and Mills Ave.

The event is free but you can purchase your wrist bands here

I don’t know whether to be amazed or terrified.  THIS is happening, cats with acrobatic capabilities, cats in a band, cats holding Guinness Book of World Record titles, cats, cats and more cats.

People love cats, just like people love dogs. But I think cat love is a different kind of love, it’s deeper, and weirder and that’s okay because the weirder the better. Don’t you agree?  And it really doesn’t get much weirder then this.  One full hour of former orphan, rescues and stray cats performing for your pleasure.  This show is a must for any self proclaimed cat person. It’s been featured on all different media outlets from TV to popular blogs and commercials. There are some seriously famous cats out there and Tuna, one of the top performers, is one of them!  Follow her, and the other cats,  on twitter for a behind the scenes look at their performances.

Go get your weird on at The Venue and check out The Acro Cats now through March 15th.

Oh, and of course a portion of every show’s ticket sales go towards cat rescue!

Where: The Venue in Ivanhoe Village

When: Now through March 15th, dates and times, here

Tickets: $20, here

 Today on our Tuesday Tour we are taking you to the lovely Lake Formosa Neighborhood.

Lake Formosa is a quaint neighborhood North of Downtown Orlando that was originally established in 1911, many bungalows of this era remain. The Lake Formosa neighborhood wraps itself around beautiful Lake Formosa and Lake Formosa Park. On the north side of Lake Formosa sits Loch Haven Park where you will find the Orlando Museum of Art, Orlando Science Center, Orange County Historic Museum, the Civic Center and Orlando Garden Club.  A small, walkable neighborhood with a lot to do!  The Orlando Urban Trail cuts right through the neighborhood and it’s an easy walk to Ivanhoe Village and Mills50 Mainstreet’s shopping and dining as well!  And keep an eye out in the future for The Yard,  a mixed use development including residential apartments and retail space that is sure to bring a variety of trendy retail shops and businesses to Lake Formosa. Thinking about moving to the Lake Formosa Orlando, Search Lake Formosa Homes for Sale.

Search Downtown Orlando Neighbhorhood Homes for Sale

Need to sell your Lake Formosa home, call us today, 407-494-2820

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome

 

Needed a photo of a bicycle lane marking for use in a SitePoint video tutorial. This is the best I could find. Took some Photoshopping to get rid of those silly extra circles.

Great things are happening locally in Downtown Orlando and the surrounding neighborhoods!  Our little city is growing up so fast, and it is so cool to watch and be a part of it.

Last week Orlando launched Orlando Bike Share and though I haven’t had a chance to use it myself I was pleasantly surprised to see them being used around town all of last weekend.  I love the idea of hopping on a bike and just riding around for the day, Florida has the best bike weather so Orlando Bike Share will definitely continue to gain popularity.

There are currently 4 hubs in the center of Downtown Orlando, with plans to add more on the Orlando MainStreets as well as I-Drive.   Imagine hopping on a bike Downtown for coffee, then pedaling on through Mills50 and Ivanhoe Village, and if you’re feeling adventurous, all the way Winter Park! Orlando is such a bikeable city!  Ride the bike lanes on the main roads or cruise through the brick paved back roads, no matter what route you take there is plenty to do along the way. They’ve made reserving bikes super easy with the use of an app, you see where bikes are available, and where you can drop them off.  You actually don’t even have to return them to a ‘hub’, for a fee you can leave it locked on any bike rack, awesome!  It is an affordable way to spend the day and an affordable cost if you’re looking for a better way to commute to and from work.  Plans start at $5/hour and go up to $99/year.  And for your businesses out there, there are a ton of sponsorship perks and even advertising opportunities.

Spend this weekend getting to know your city from a bike’s point of view!

Do you love where you live?   #heartorlandohome


pub crawlI can’t believe the holiday season is upon us!  There are always so many fun events and parties to attend this time of year.  First one on the list is the Mill50 and Ivanhoe Village “12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl”.

Make your way to our two favorite City of Orlando main street districts tomorrow night at 8 pm to enjoy a night of fun and a few cocktails.

You can purchase your $10 ticket (what a bargain!) at Wally’s (1001 N Mills Ave.) or The Thirsty Topher (1609 Alden Rd.) starting at 8 pm tomorrow December 6th.  The proceeds benefit the two main street districts!

O-cartz will be available so you can make your way through the districts with ease and safety!

Hope to see you there!  What holiday festivities are you up to this weekend?

JingleEve

Don’t you just love this time of year!  I feel like once we hit mid November it is okay to really start getting ready for the holiday season.  Except Christmas music before Thanksgiving, I’ll never get used to that!  But I do love seeing Downtown Orlando and surrounding neighborhoods put up their holiday décor and signs, it just makes it all so…official.

So, let the holiday festivities begin!  Here is one of our favorites.  The weekend prior to Thanksgiving Ivanhoe Village always celebrates their neighborhood holiday party, and this year is no different.   On November 22nd you and the family can head down to Ivanhoe Village for a night of joyous festivities to help kick of the 2014 holiday season with Jingle Eve!

The night’s events will include a Santa’s workshop, holiday specials and samples from local merchants, live music, local artists and vendors.  The Food Truck Bazaar will be there and there is also a wine stroll!  And of course the lighting of the Happy Holidays sign and the Christmas Tree lighting in Gaston Edwards Park!

Come join the party! We guarantee it will be the perfect start to your holidays!

 

Here are the details:

Saturday, November 22nd

Santa’s Workshop @ 5pm

Sign Lighting @ 6pm

Tree Lighting @ 6:30pm

Wine Stroll @ 6pm,  $20 per person (buy tickets here)

 

Interested in buying or selling a home this holiday season?  Give us a call at (407) 494-2820 or check out our website!

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!

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