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By Yasmene Warren

Windermere is regarded as being one of the best places to live in Florida, according to Niche. It’s relatively small, but it has a lot to offer including quality schools, luxury homes, and proximity to theme parks and downtown. Let’s check out what it’s got going on!

About Windermere

Windermere is a lively town in Orange County and is one of the best suburbs near Orlando to live in, especially for those on the wealthier side.

According to the 2020 census, approximately 3,030 people live in the town of Windermere. The town is nestled right between Lake Butler and Lake Down, and the total area is made up of 2.69 square miles, 72% of which is water.

Windermere is in close proximity to the city of Winter Garden and is…

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By Kismet Kohn

The Kitty Beautiful adds some much-needed hope to the world, where you can give back just by showing up. If you’re looking just to spend some time with cute cats, or adopt one of your own, check out this cat cafe!

The Cafe

If we’re being honest, from the outside, the main selling point of The Kitty Beautiful is not their cafe, but their cats. However, their drinks and snacks are so delicious you might change your mind once you step inside. 

Their drink menu is extensive, covering everything from kombucha to bottomless mimosas (which are only $12)! Their special drinks menu offers more options, such as their refreshing lavender butterfly lemonade. 

The food options also offer a wide variety, from sandwiches to…

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By Yasmene Warren

Are you tired of the same, boring old gift shops in Orlando that carry nothing but Disney trinkets and Florida keychains? Well, it’s a good thing Orlando is home to some of the most one-of-a-kind shops in the state, and Good Crowd is one of them!

What is Good Crowd?

Good Crowd is a gift shop located in College Park on Edgewater Drive. It specializes in selling modern, unique gifts for people of all ages.

You’ll find a variety of different items at Good Crowd as this place sells stationary items, jewelry, home decor, things for babies and children, and gifts for men and women alike.

Good Crowd is closed on Mondays but open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, and 11 a.m.…

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By Holley Long

A day spent at Disney Springs is always full of fun, whether you’re shopping, listening to live music, or grabbing a meal at one of the many unique restaurants. Disney Springs is also a great spot for date night, and if you’re looking for the right restaurant to dine with that special someone, we have a few great suggestions! 

1. Wine Bar George

Live out your sommelier dreams during date night at Wine Bar George. With over 200 wines selected from established wineries and up-and-coming regions, the restaurant has plenty of options to delight the senses, and for novice tasters, your waiter can help find the right glass of vino for your palate. 

Wine Bar George is also a good spot for those who want to sample an…

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By Kismet Kohn

Have you ever had a piece of toast, or cup of tea, paired with some fresh honey made right here in Orlando? Well, now you can! 

About the Farm

The Winter Garden Honey Farm is owned by Bob and Trilby Stevens. Their story began in the late 1960's, when Bob learned everything he knows now from his beekeeper mentor, Jim Bradshaw. Bob Stevens started his first honey company in 1975, at the age of 15, and officially started "Bob's Honey" in Apopka, Florida in 1985. In 2010, the Winter Garden Honey Company was created, with their honey farm producing the freshest, 100% pure honey with no additives. 

1982 Bob Stevens Gathering Honey

Images by Winter Garden Honey Farm: (left) 1982, Bob Stevens on their family farm and (right) 2010, Bob and Trilby Stevens…

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By Yasmene Warren

Orlando is renowned for being the hot spot for all things tourism, and now, the city beautiful proudly holds the title of being the No. 1 travel destination in the country. There is a lot that has led up to this moment, so let’s dive deeper into how O-Town earned this ranking!

The Growth of Orlando

Just in time for National Travel & Tourism Week came Visit Orlando with the news of the city’s new ranking.

According to Visit Orlando, the city had 74 million annual visitors in 2022, which is a 25% increase in visitors over 2021.

These 74 million annual visitors helped Orlando achieve 98% of its pre-pandemic (2019) visitor levels.

The city is constantly adding new attractions to give visitors a reason to keep coming back…

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By Jessica LaVigne

The Pozek Group team assisted a seller with listing their home in the Lake Preserve Community, closing at $600,000 after less than a week on the market!

The Home

Built in 2018, this two-story home offers four bedrooms and four bathrooms, with a total heated square footage at 3,089. The brick-laid driveway leads you to the front door, where you’re welcomed by a spacious layout with modern design influences. As you pass the dining room on the right, the gourmet kitchen with a hooded stove and double oven sits beside an additional dining space, right across from the living room. 

Upstairs includes a large loft, laundry room, and all bedrooms. The expansive master bedroom includes an additional space for a…

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By Kismet Kohn

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and what better way to celebrate than dressing up in your Sunday best for some finger sandwiches and a cup of tea?

The Tea Room

The Tea Room is a classy space where you can dress up, sip tea with your pinky out, and enjoy some delicious bites. However, the fancy atmosphere might be one of my favorite parts of this experience. As soon as you walk in you feel like you’ve traveled to the Queen’s home for afternoon tea. 

Interior of The Team Room, with tables of appetizers

Image by The Tea Room Experience

If you want to feel stylish, or forgot your own, there are hats stationed to the right of the door for you to choose from and wear. The tall ceilings and bright walls make the room feel open and airy, with tea sets lining the back wall.…

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By Holley Long

Locals and visitors alike can now enjoy an exciting experience in Downtown Orlando! 

Luminary Green, the city’s newest park in Creative Village, will be the site of a new show highlighting all the things that make Orlando special. 

What is it?

The City of Orlando launched “Luminary Nights on the Green” Wednesday night, a light and sound show featuring footage throughout the city, from popular attractions to natural elements like wetlands. 

Orlando city sign at night

Image by City of Orlando

What makes the show especially unique is that it’s projected on Luminary Green’s new ORLANDO sign, which was unveiled as part of the Orlando Unbelievably Real (OUR) Culture Project (more on that below). For 20 minutes, projections paired with music play out…

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By Yasmene Warren

Once again, new and exciting projects are coming to the City Beautiful. Plans that were underway have been scrapped, but there are still a few things to get excited about. Let’s check it all out!

O-Town West

O-Town West is one of Orlando’s latest and greatest developments, and loads of new amenities are coming to this community.

Planning map of Orlando O-Town West

Image by Unicorp (O-Town West Master Plan)

This 350-acre development is a healthy mix of residential apartment living and food options, including Jeff’s Bagel Run, which will be opening its third location in this community.

O-Town West will also have 1,600 Marriott World Vacations employees working in the buildings around the area.

If you’re interested in living in O-Town West, there are…

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