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The City of Orlando Celebrates National Small Business Week

Orlando Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando Celebrate National Small Business Week 2017

As part of National Small Business Week, April 30 – May 6, the City of Orlando is recognizing the great contributions of the entrepreneurs and small business owners in our Orlando Main Streets, the City’s nine unique neighborhood commercial districts scattered throughout the City, that drive our region’s economy by
providing jobs, goods and services and opportunities for our residents. Our Main Street program is also home to Orlando Tech Association, the City’s digital Main Street, connecting, promoting and fostering the growth of technology companies in Orlando. Since the program’s inception in 2008, our Main Streets have welcomed nearly 1,200 new businesses, and have created nearly 7,000 full and part time jobs.

Each Main Street is home to a variety of locally-owned businesses where residents and visitors go to find uncommon and handmade goods, enjoy one-of-a-kind local cuisines and embrace the distinctive culture within each district. To recognize these thriving small business communities, and promote the local character that can only be found within each Main Street district, the City created the #alocalthing during Small Business Week 2016.

Each district has accomplished so much in the past year. To recognize the growth of each district since Small Business Week 2016, we’ve put together a list highlighting some of our local successes:

  • Nineteen Audubon Park Garden District businesses were featured in five well-known publications – including Toronto Sun Magazine, The Boston Globe, Bon Appetit Magazine, Edible Orlando Magazine and USA Today – for reasons to visit Orlando and local Orlando favorites
  • Audubon Park Garden District was awarded the Great American Main Street Award – the highest honor given by Main Street America
  • Church Street District and its businesses hosted more than 12,000 guests at four large-scale events – the FSU Block Party, ACC Championship Weekend Block Party, NFL ProBowl and Wrestlemania
  • Pig Floyd’s in Mills 50 District was experiencing so much success, they were able to open a second location in Lake Nona
  • Mills 50 District businesses were featured in national and international in publications, including Thrillist, Amazon Restaurants, HypeOrlando, Delta Sky Magazine and 30 Canadian newspapers as reasons to visit Orlando
  • The Milk District – home to more than 30 small businesses – was approved for funding by the City of Orlando, becoming the newest addition to the Orlando Main Streets program
  • Collectively, all nine brick and mortar districts welcomed more than 60 new businesses
  • The nine brick and mortar districts, along with Orlando Tech Association, added more than 500 full and part time jobs

I am so proud of these accomplishments, as they represent the strides Orlando has made in becoming the best City for entrepreneurs and small business owners to succeed. I encourage residents and visitors to make a conscious decision to patronize the small businesses in our Main Street districts and Downtown Orlando during National Small Business Week to celebrate and show appreciation for the integral part they play in making Orlando the best City in the country.

For a full list of Main Street accomplishments from 2016, take a look at the 2016 Main Streets Annual Report and see the list below. To learn more about the Orlando Main Streets program, visit

Audubon Park Garden District
-Steven Miller Photography opened a physical location on the second floor of East End Market
-Opened Ed Milgram Law Offices
-Monogram Merchant became so successful at their 3131 Corrine —Drive location, that they relocated to a larger space in Mills 50  District
-East End Market hosted the statewide Florida Local Food Summit
-Gideon’s Bakehouse opened in East End Market
-Redlight Redlight named a Top Ten Brewpub in America by USA      Today magazine
-Florida and Company, Skyebird, Le Femme Du Fromage, Gideon’s  Bakehouse, Freehand Goods and East End Market all declared  reasons to visit Orlando by Toronto Sun Magazine
-APGD, East End Market, Olde Hearth Bread Company, Le Femme  Du Fromage, Florida and Company, Houndstooth Sauce Company,  Lineage Coffee, Bookmark It, Gideon’s Bakehouse and Porch  Therapy all written about in the Boston Globe as reasons to visit  Orlando
-Fleet Farming was featured on NBC Nightly News
Stardust Video and Coffee, Lineage, Audubon Park Community  Market, East End MArket, Kadance, Gideon’s Bakehouse, Redlight  Redlight and Domu all featured in Bon Appetit Magazine
-P is for Pie Bake Shop, Gezellig Cookies, Olde Hearth Bread  Company featured in Edible Orlando magazine
-Park Ave CDs named Best Record Store by Orlando Weekly 2016
Redlight Redlight named best craft beer bar by Orlando Weekly  2016
-Stardust Video and Coffee named best coffee Orlando Weekly  2016
-B3 named Top Ten Orlando Restaurant with Healthy Menu by USA  Today
-Employed 22 people in full and part time jobs

Church Street District
-Hamburger Mary’s expanded to include Mary’s Side Bar
-Employed 40 people in full and part time jobs
-Hosted more than 4,000 guests for the FSU block party before the  FSU vs Ole Miss
-Hosted more than 3,000 guests for the ACC Championship —  Weekend Block Party on Church Street

College Park Main Street
-Welcomed 5 new businesses in 3rd quarter – Heaven Academy  Learning Center, Mr. Man Outiftters for Life, Foundation Records  and Acacia Antiques
-Welcomed 6 new businesses in 4th quarter – College Park  Orthodontics, Zatlier, Everbank Financial, D. Simon Nicholson Paul  and Perki, Annabelle and Company LLC and The Weight House
-Welcomed Edward Jones in 1st quarter 2017
-Employed 70 people in full and part time jobs

Gateway Orlando District
-Welcomed 4 businesses in 3rd quarter – J & K Travel and Services,  Lady’s Cache Fashion Store, Honey Kids and The Vape Shoppe
-Welcomed 8 new businesses in 4th quarter – Estrella Insurance,  Honest – 1 Auto Care, Bar Louie, Aponte & Klein Inc, Specialty  Parking, Gengxuanhuan LLC, Dollar Shack LLC and Taste of Yucatan
-Welcomed 2 new businesses in 1st quarter 2017 – Univista  Insurance and Davita Semoran Dialysis
-Employed 155 people in full and part time jobs
-Sunshine State Medical hosted 2 art exhibits in their office to  promote local artists and culture

Ivanhoe Village
-Welcomed 4 new businesses in 3rd quarter – Blackbird Vintage  Music, Luna Mosiac Arts, Blueprint Real Estate and Property Logic  Real Estate
-Welcomed 2 new businesses in 4th quarter – GB’s Bottle Club and  Dora Mae Jewelry
-Paper Goat Post expanded to accommodate their growing success
-Employed 31 people in full and part time jobs

Mills 50 District
-Welcomed 3 new businesses in 3rd quarter – King Bao, The District  @ Mills 50 and Restaurant Ash
-Welcomed 2 new businesses in 4th quarter – TicketBusters and  Gallery 1010
-Welcomed 3 new businesses in 1st quarter 2017 – Lazy Moon  Pizza, Bodyworks and Dragon Health Spa
-130 people were employed in full and part time jobs
-Pig Floyd’s growing success led to the opening of their second  location in Lake Nona
-New CFE Federal Credit Union was completely renovated
-Mills 50 was mentioned in the story “Four reasons to visit Orlando  that has nothing to do with theme parks” – which was carried in 30  Canadian newspapers
-Mills 50 was mentioned In article by Thrillist
-Black Rooster Taqueria’s John Calloway was featured in an article  in Amazon Restaurants
-Quantum Leap Winery was featured in an article in HypeOrlando
SayItLoud!, creators of the Mills 50 logo and branding banners,  celebrated their 14th anniversary in Mills 50
-Loch Haven Veterinary Clinic opened its new location in Mills 50

The Milk District
-The Milk District was approved as a new district into the Orlando  Main Streets program – home to more than 30 small businesses
-Se7en Bites outgrew their small space and moved into a larger,  stand-alone building to accommodate their booming success
-Since the acceptance of The Milk District into the program, the  district has welcomed Bad As’s Sandwiches, Studio B by Orlando  Power Yoga – focused on beginner yoga and Downtown Divas,  which moved from the UCF area to The Milk District in the Colonial  Plaza
-Since their inception into the program in October 2016, the district  has welcomed 37 new full and part time employees

SoDo (formally known as Downtown South)
-Welcomed 6 new businesses in 3rd quarter – Myles R. Samotin MD  PA, Central Florida Transmission, Sun Com Mobile LLC, M Facility  Inc, Kween Lab LLC and Sodo Sushi and Grill
-Welcomed 10 new businesses in 4th quarter – Orlando Auto Mall  Inc, Zoe’s Kitchen, Kimchis Korean Grill, Locks and Lashes LLC,  Controlled RX Pharmacy, Seal Logistics Inc, SoDo Animal Hospital,  Orlando Health Advanced Surgical, Scendia Med-Surg LLC and  Florida Cardiology PA

Orlando Tech Association
-Employed 36 full time jobs

Thornton Park District
-Welcomed 2 businesses during 3rd quarter – Jay Johnson Salon  and Gaviota – Peruvian Restaurant
-Welcomed PaintMix in 1st quarter 2017
-Employed 19 people with full and part time jobs

-Buddy Dyer, Mayor

#alocalthing #SmallBusinessWeek


Small Business Saturday Deals in the Orlando Main Streets


Shop Small in the Orlando Main Streets!

Holiday shopping season is upon us! What better way to find a unique and one-of-a-kind gift for everyone on your shopping list than to shop small? In honor of Small Business Saturday, Mayor Dyer and the City of Orlando invite all residents on Saturday, November 26 to make a conscious decision to patronize the small, locally-owned businesses in our community – many of which are located in our Downtown and Orlando Main Streets Districts.

Shopping small not only helps you check off your holiday gift list, but it is also a way to give the gift of opportunity to our City. The City’s thriving small business community provides much-needed goods and services and drive our local economy by creating new jobs and opportunities, ultimately enhancing the quality of life for residents.

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24 Representations of Pride in the Orlando Main Streets

This weekend our City welcomes thousands of visitors for the 2016 Come Out With Pride Parade and Festival. This year, the parade holds an even greater significance for our City, serving as a celebration of life and remembrance for the 49 victims of the Pulse tragedy.

To further celebrate our City’s pride and inclusion, we’ve collected a number of art pieces, items and locations that represent pride in our Orlando Main Streets.


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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.

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Swirlery and Uncommon Catering

2016 Main Streets Restaurant Week Home Page


Swirlery and Uncommon Catering is offering an exclusive special during Restaurant Week.

Enjoy an endless summer with a Summer Flight $20

Enjoy a wine or beer flight at Swirlery paired with a trio of handcrafted ice creams from Uncommon Catering

1508 East Michigan Street
Orlando, FL

Sodo Sushi Grill

2016 Main Streets Restaurant Week Home Page


Sodo Sushi Grill will be offering an exclusive Restaurant Week menu:

Enjoy a glass of wine and special roll at Sodo’s newest restaurant SODO Sushi & Grill for $20. Choose from the following rolls

Spicy salmon, avocado topped with tuna, chili thread and spicy mayo

Grilled shrimp, tempura asparagus, avocado topped with seared steak, tempura shallots, pepper sauce and micro greens

The Ice Man
Fried flounder, avocado, tempura bits topped with snow crab & sakura sauce

Tsunami Roll
Salmon, flounder, avocado topped with tuna, yellowtail, tobiko and micro greens

Hulk Smash
Shrimp tempura, crab, tempura eel, cream cheese topped with avocado, spinach crunch flake and pepper sauce

The Juggernaut
Tuna, salmon, escolar, krab, avocado, cream cheese flash fried topped with spicy mayo and eel sauce

Black Panther
Crunchy snow crab topped with bbq eel, avocado and eel sauce rawspicy

The Human Torch
Tempura shrimp, avocado topped with spicy tuna, thin jalapeno slices spicy mayo and siracha dot

Mr Fancy
Spicy tuna, avocado topped with yellowtail, spicy mayo and micro greens

Big Bang
Tempura lobster, cream cheese, masago, asparagus topped with a layer avocado, chili thread and eel sauce

Soft Shell Crab with avocado, asparagus, masago and eel sauce rawspice

Scarlet Witch
Spicy tuna, cucumber topped with salmon, slice lemons and chili ponzu

Mt Akina
Tempura California Roll, eel sauce topped with baked scallop and crab mix

Kimono Roll
Tempura Shrimp, cream cheese, topped with  shrimp, avocado and eel sauce

Orlando Strong
Tempura flounder, avocado, cream cheese topped with kiwi, strawberry and tsume sauce

The Sandman
Tempura salmon, cucumber, avocado, tamago wrapped with panko salmon and spicy mayo

25 West Crystal Lake Street, #175
Orlando, FL

Peach Valley Cafe

2016 Main Streets Restaurant Week Home Page


Peach Valley Cafe will be offering an exclusive breakfast/lunch special.

Breakfast for Two $12.00
Guest’s choice of two:

Homemade Biscuits and Sausage Gravy, Two Egg Breakfast, or a Single Pancake accompanied by 2 beverages (specialty drinks not included)

Breakfast for Two $22.00
Guest’s choice of two:

Corned Beef or Turkey Reuben, Homemade Chicken Salad Sandwich or a Curry Chicken Salad accompanied by 2 beverages (specialty drinks not included)

2849 South Orange Avenue, #310
Orlando, FL

Numero Uno

2016 Main Streets Restaurant Week Home Page


Numero Uno will be offering an exclusive Restaurant Week deal.

Enjoy an authentic 3-course Cuban dinner locally at Numero Uno for $20.

The dinner includes salad, flan for dessert, and your choice of an entree:


Authentic picadillo seasoned to perfection, with white rice, black beans and ripe plantains.

Pernil de Cerdo Asado
Roasted pork hand carved thin, cooked with onions and a generous dose of mojo. Served with white rice, black beans and ripe plantains.

Pollo Asado
Half roasted chicken brushed with mojo. Served with yellow rice, black beans and ripe plantains.

Arroz con Pollo
Very tender chicken fricassee. Served with yellow rice and ripe plantains.

2499 South Orange Avenue
Orlando, FL 32806

Mediterranean Blue

2016 Main Streets Restaurant Week Home Page


Mediterranean Blue is offering an exclusive Restaurant Week menu.

Enjoy two fresh, authentic Mediterranean selections from one of Downtown South’s favorite restaurants $8.00

Includes your choice of a small Greek Salad, Spanakopita, large Avgolemono soup or traditional Greek chicken & rice soy seasoned with lemon juice.

435 East Michigan Street
Orlando, FL

Mediterranean Blue 2015

2015 Main Street Restaurant Week Participant

MB_logoThis year Mediterranean Blue is offering a Pick 2 Special for $8.00

Includes Choice of:  Small Greek Salad


Large Soup (Avgolemono)

Traditional Greek Chicken & rice soy seasoned with lemon juice

Mediterranean Blue serves hearty, handcrafted gyros & other Greek specialties doled out in a simple, counter-serve location!