Mills 50 District 2018

About Mills 50 District

Mills 50 is a centrally located, culturally diverse, progressive minded, eclectic urban district! It is a grass roots, member-based organization made up of local business owners and residents, whose mission is to foster Orlando’s most diverse neighborhood by stimulating business, creating a walkable community and promoting our creative culture.








  • Accomplishments
    • Encouraged businesses to participate in Small Business Saturday and produced a social media marketing campaign.
    • Hosted 2nd annual “Love Fest”, a free event celebrating all things love – love of the earth, love of music, love of art, etc.
    • Hosted three pub crawls: the annual St Patty’s Day Pub Crawl; the annual Approximately 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl and the annual First Day of Fall Pub Crawl.
    • Sponsored the second annual “Mills 50 Artist Series” art wine bottle reception and fundraiser, featuring wine bottles painted by 37 local artists.
    • Organized the annual “GreenUp” for volunteers to trim, mulch and fertilize the eight (8) Chinese Fan palm trees along Mills Avenue.
    • Produced “Virginia Drive is for Lovers”, a free street fair/art market.
    • Conducted the #Mills50Local campaign, which encouraged residents to join Mills 50 and receive coupons, offering free or discounted goods and services, from Mills 50 businesses.
    • Hosted four (4) Business After Hours networking events for business and residential members.
    • Sponsored a Safety & Security workshop for business owners.
    • Co-sponsored, with the City of Orlando, a food/commercial recycling workshop for business owners.
  • Events – nearly 11,000 attendees
    • Dragon Parade/Lunar New Year Festival
    • Virginia Drive is for Lovers
    • Baja Out Back
    • Historic Homes Tour
    • Four Business After Hours
    • Patty’s Day Pub Crawl
    • Approximately 12 Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl
    • First Day of Fall Pub Crawl
    • GreenUp
    • Mills 50 Artist Series
    • Love Fest
    • Safety & Security workshop
“When my company moved here 6 years ago, to let people know our general location we told them we were “near the intersection of Mills and Virginia”. Now we tell them that we’re in the Mills 50 District and they know exactly where we are located. Our clients tell us of their favorite Mills 50 restaurants, bars and businesses and how much they love the area! The cultural, artistic and epicurean diversity is unparalleled! We are thrilled to be a part of this Main Street District.” -Chuck Barnett, President/CEO, BMDM Direct Marketing