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It is the small businesses in our Orlando Main Streets that makes our City such a great place to live. The Orlando Main Streets create, define and strengthen our existing neighborhoods. They focus on enhancing assets such as distinctive architecture, a pedestrian-friendly environment, personal service, local ownership and a sense of community . Walk or bike down any of our Main Streets and you can feel the vibrancy.
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10 Local Coffee Shops Every Coffee Lover Should Know About

When you’re a coffee enthusiast, there are few things more exciting than the opportunity to sip on a good cup of locally brewed coffee. In honor of National Coffee Day, we’ve  put together a list of the 10 places in our Main Street Districts that every coffee lover should know about.

Downtown CredoChurch Street District, College Park Partnership and Ivanhoe Villageimg_5867

Downtown Credo is doing more than serving amazing coffee, they’re challenging each customer to name their price. This donation only coffee shop believes in the idea that customers should assign their own value to their purchase, making them more conscious of where their money is going and the impact it has on the global economy.

A revolutionary business model isn’t the only thing that’s unique at Downtown Credo. A trip to any Downtown Credo location is more than a necessary stop in the morning to get the day going, it is an uplifting and memorable experience. The team at Downtown Credo recognize that many customers are experiencing artisanal coffee for the first time, and may not be familiar with how to go about customizing a drink. Upon ordering, associates take the time to ask each customer what they’re looking for in a cup of coffee and walk them through the entire creation process. Downtown Credo is also unique in that they only use natural extracts to add flavor to their coffees, rather than flavored syrups.


Lineage Coffee RoastingEast End Market, Audubon Park Garden District

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Their coffee will have you doing a double-take. Audubon locals can often be spotted with this Lineage White Cold Brew bottle, very much resembling another brew of choice. But Lineage Coffee is better known for their superior attention to roasting, selecting only the best lots of coffee from a variety of regions.

The Lineage  brew bar allows customers to watch the pour over process first hand and learn exactly what flavor notes they can expect to find in their cup of Joe. Customers can always expect to be greeted by a knowledgeable, friendly and enthusiastic  associate who will go the extra mile to create a cup of coffee to perfectly fit their taste buds.

 

 


Stardust Video & CoffeeAudubon Park Garden District

img_5996Founded in 1999 , Stardust fullsizerender-5Video & Coffee is one of the longest standing businesses in Audubon Park Garden District and is the literal birthplace of the district. In June of 2008, passionate community members met for a meeting at Stardust, and together created an extensive plan to bring APGD to life. The coffee shop now hosts community events, art shows, the Audubon Park Community Market, local musicians and entertainers on a weekly and monthly basis.

Stardust has a mystical, yet relaxed atmosphere perfect for coffee and breakfast or lunch with a friend or a quiet place to read a book during the day. Stardust has a large selection of novels, old newspapers and magazines for guests to enjoy. Unique to Stardust are disposable coffee cups that have been transformed into art pieces by local community members, artists and employees and used as decor around the shop.

At night Stardust transforms from a peaceful coffee shop into a whimsical lounge suitable for a more mature audience looking to enjoy a few of the Stardust’s signature craft cocktails.


Drunken Monkey Coffee BarThe Milk District

img_5958If you’re looking for a hip and eclectic place to hang out and sip your coffee, the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar is the place to park. Before guests even enter the shop, they’re greeted by colorful hand-painted murals covering the exterior wall, a Drunken Monkey van decked out with a custom graffiti Chimp and quirky patio furniture. Upon walking in, guests are surrounded by fun art pieces and vintage photos, figurines and stickers.

The decor isn’t the only thing that will catch guests’ attention. The Drunken Monkey brews exceptional coffees and teas that appeal to every taste bud. For those who enjoy seasonal flavored coffees, the Drunken Monkey offers pumpkin, gingerbread, peppermint and other fall flavors year-round.

The Drunken Monkey caters to every dietary need and preference. The shop offers a variety of milk substitute options for their coffee and a full vegan breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert menu to accompany their regular menu items.


Blue Bird Bake ShopAudubon Park Garden District

fullsizerender-4No sweet treat should ever be enjoyed without a velvety cup of coffee. Blue Bird Bake Shop is an award-winning cupcake shop and bakery in Audubon Park Garden District, baking up only small batches of each dessert from scratch each day. In 2012, Blue Bird created “Top Hat Coffee”, their own special blend that is 100% organic, environmentally and socially sustainable.

 

 

 

 


Bikes, Beans and BordeauxAudubon Park Garden District

12371137_10153174714191046_8102847597436134319_oBikes, Beans & img_5939Bordeaux Neighborhood Cafe, also referred to as B3, was founded by husband and wife team Jen and Darrell Cunningham – life-long Central Florida residents, University of Central Florida graduates and active cyclists. The couple set out to establish a space that would create a sense of “place” among locals and give adults a relaxed space to enjoy at any time of the day. And so B3 was born.

Over the years, B3 grew into much more than a coffee pit-stop and eatery. Today B3 is utilized for local gatherings and events, wine and beer tastings and their own trivia night. Jen and Darrell continue to integrate their passion for cycling and exercise into B3 weekly events. On various days of the week, community members can join the B3 crew for running and cycling groups that end back at the Cafe for drinks, conversation and fun. Top photo courtesy of Bikes, Beans & Bordeaux.


Vita Luna CafeThe District at Mills, Mills 50

img_5988Vita Luna Cafe is another img_5987donation-only coffee shop located in The District at Mills – a co-op retail space located in Mills 50 District. Guests are invited to sit at the coffee bar, and watch as their custom-made drink comes to life. Vita Luna offers pour-overs and cold brews tailored specifically to the guest. Those who prefer almond or coconut milk will be in for a treat, as both are made at the bar in front of the guest upon request.

Vita Luna only serves their coffee in mugs and mason jars, reducing the number of plastic and disposable coffee cups thrown away each day. For the customers on-the-go, the cafe offers lids for each of their mason jars. Customers are encouraged to hold on to their mason jar, and return it upon their next visit to the cafe. Guests who return four mason jars at once will receive their next drink on the house.

 


Coffee Garden Floral BrewtiqueDowntown South043

For this local coffee shop, the name truly does say it all. Located in the historic Downies Sundries building, Coffee Garden Floral Brewtique is a full service florist and coffee shop combined into one business. The location is currently under renovation, and will re-open in October with the addition of local artists to the co-op brewtique. To accompany each cup of locally brewed coffee, this brewtique serves a daily assortment of sweet treats.

 

 

 


Peach Valley Cafe – Downtown South

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Peach Valley Cafe is a a staple location in Downtown South, committed to serving only the freshest homemade breakfast, lunch and dinner to their customers. Aside from their mouth-watering menu, Peach Valley Cafe has an extensive coffee menu, from a simple dark roast to flavorful iced lattes. Peach Valley is an active business member of Downtown South,  hosting the district’s monthly Coffee Club meetings where neighbors and local business owners meet to discuss the growth of the neighborhood, events and ideas for bettering the district.

 


New Moon Market – College Park Partnership

img_5829OK, New Moon Market isn’t a coffee shop, but this juice bar is full of surprises. Along with offering delicious guilt-free and organically made snacks to accompany their daily variety of cold-pressed juices, New Moon Juice also makes a flavorful cold brew coffee. Known as the “New Moo Mocha”, this freshly brewed cold brew is a mix of cold brew coffee, almonds, dates, cacao, vanilla bean, maple syrup and a pinch of sea salt.

Perfect for the in-a-hurry or on-the-go customer, this coffee option always comes bottled and chilled. Once finished, customers can return their empty bottle and receive a discount on their next purchase.

10 Popular Local Places to Enjoy Football Season

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Football season, arguably the best time of the year, is finally upon us! Orlando is home to football fans from around the country, rooting for teams from coast to coast, from college teams in every division all the way up to the NFL.

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Main Streets Restaurant Week 2016

Pauline Eaton, the Orlando Main Streets coordinator, offers  reasons why you should experience the second annual Main Streets Restaurant Week.

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Orlando continues to be recognized as the home of a burgeoning local food movement. In fact, some of Orlando’s most noted and popular restaurants are locally owned small businesses that made their start in one of our eight unique Main Street districts.

List of restaurants and menus are available at orlandomainstreets.com/restaurantweek

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Orlando Main Streets Awards Celebrates Volunteerism, Community

Another year has come and gone. I awoke today realizing it is our Orlando Main Streets Annual Awards Ceremony Day; the day we celebrate all the wonderful work our Main Streets and their amazing volunteers have accomplished.

It’s always good to look back and see where you started and how far you’ve come. Retrospect can be a wonderful exercise. It makes me smile when I remember the thought process of creating individual Main Street districts in Orlando and dreaming of what they could become. All the wonderful people I have had the distinct pleasure of working with and getting to know. The passion that people have developed for the program, and how proud they are to be associated with it…amazing!

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7 Ways to celebrate Father’s Day in the Orlando Main Streets

Every dad is different. You’ve got your outdoorsmen, your sports fanatics, gamers and craft beer connoisseurs. Does he love a cold brew coffee in the morning or a cold craft beer in the evening? Is he a cheeseburger and fries kind of guy, or a five-star gourmet? Whatever type of man your dad is, we’ve got something for him to enjoy this Father’s Day in the Orlando Main Streets.

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