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International Diamond Center Reveals New Look in Altamonte Springs

The Iturraldediamonds.com opened an all-new showroom in Altamonte Springs last week; and it completely encompassed a new experience for an independent jewelry store. The 6,500 square-foot showroom features boutique areas for Tacori, Verragio and Forevermark; and diamonds galore! The company’s signature diamond wall consists of nearly 200 loose GIA-certified diamonds, ranging in price, shape, cut and style. Oooh la LA!

Local branding and communications agency, Push, worked closely with IDC on the rebrand.  (Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

Local branding and communications agency, Push, worked closely with IDC on the rebrand.
(Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

Owner Keith Leclerc was also present with his family and we found out that he’s one of the most respected diamond buyers in the world! He hand-selects the thousands of loose diamonds located in each IDC store. At one point, he also mined his own diamonds in South America and brought them back here to the United States! Then he racked up nearly 140,000 miles on his own car, yearly, selling them up and down the eastern seaboard. Talk about a man who’s done it all in the industry!

Kevin Lane (vice president of Sales for Forevermark U.S., Inc.), Altamonte Springs Mayor Pat Bates, Keith and Peggy Leclerc. Mayor Bates is holding a 23 carat canary yellow diamond! (Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

Kevin Lane (vice president of Sales for Forevermark U.S., Inc.), Altamonte Springs Mayor Pat Bates, Keith and Peggy Leclerc. Mayor Bates is holding a 23 carat canary yellow diamond!
(Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

The store was so light, airy and contemporary, we could’ve stayed for hours checking out all of the sparkle, one-of-a-kind pieces from top designers, watches and more! There’s also a beautiful photo of the Leclerc family on the wall. They own just eight stores between Clearwater, Florida (where they’re headquartered) and Savannah, Georgia with five right here in the Orlando area.

At one point during the night, Brian Stamey, vice president of marketing and retail operations, made a few remarks, “We decided it was time to reposition our brand to more accurately reflect who we are as the local diamond experts. We’ve now established a warmer, more inviting and contemporary look for those who come to IDC for their special purchases.” Stamey is also the husband of Leclerc’s oldest daughter, Ashley. (Both are UCF alumni!)

The evening benefited Florida Hospital for Children, in which 10 percent of all sales from the night went back to the hospital. IDC also raffled a custom-made pendant consisting of a statement Amethyst stone with a round diamond and pearl drop held in rose gold, collectively representing hope, healing and advocacy. They also auctioned a trip for two to tour the Tacori headquarters in Los Angeles, CA. Both, too, benefitted Florida Hospital for Children.

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Custom-made pendant designed for Florida Hospital for Children (Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

 

Speaking of Tacori, and for those Tacori fans out there, IDC is the only jeweler in the Central Florida region to carry both the brand’s wedding and fashion lines. And a few months ago, they were one of 10 jewelers across the U.S. selected to carry the Forevermark Exceptional Diamond Collection. (If you don’t know Forevermark, you most likely know De Beers. This line is a part of the De Beers family of companies.)

Lauren Ekey, recipient of the custom-made pendant, with Omar Portigliatti, IDC master designer.  (Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

Lauren Ekey, recipient of the custom-made pendant, with Omar Portigliatti, IDC master designer.
(Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

Besides fabulous food, drink, entertainment by a violin duo from the Florida Symphony Youth Orchestra and a photo booth, this celebration had it all.


Be sure to check out the new Altamonte Springs showroom at 249 West State Road 436 in the IDC Plaza; or find a location closest to you by visiting shopIDC.com.

Local branding and communications agency, Push, worked closely with IDC on the rebrand.  (Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

Local branding and communications agency, Push, worked closely with IDC on the rebrand.
(Photo Credit: MacBeth Photography)

 

Top 5 | Santa Claus Meet & Greets at Orlando-Area Malls

by: Mark Schaub

Malls are known for many things — shopping, sure — but what would they be without jolly old Saint Nick during the holidays?

Central Florida Top 5 gives you the top 5 mall meet-and-greets for the big guy himself, Santa Claus.

  1. The Mall at Millenia
  2. Orlando Fashion Square
  3. The Altamonte Mall
  4. Oviedo Mall
  5. West Oaks Mall
Mark takes a selfie with Santa Claus at Orlando Fashion Square.

Mark takes a selfie with Santa Claus at Orlando Fashion Square.

The Mall at Millenia

Now through December 24 | During all mall hours

The Mall at Millenia features Santa in the Grand Court, or rather Hollyville, with festive set decorations that really set the mood and provide a theme park-esque queue.

Available for purchase are candid color photos, sepia-hued black-and-whites, and CD-ROMs. You can also opt for photos on your personal camera and cell phone. Each child receives a complimentary holiday gift.

Orlando Fashion Square

Now through December 24 | 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.

The city’s first mall, Orlando Fashion Square has been hosting Santa for decades. Not only can your children take a photo with him, your pets can too on Sunday nights now through December 14! Just make sure they’re on leeshes.

Photos on personal cameras and cell phones are free, and professional photo packages are available.

The Altamonte Mall

Now through December 24 | Hours vary

Also boasting pet nights is The Altamonte Mall with their offerings on Mondays now through December 15. You can also participate in “Rudolph Wednesdays”: receive a special Rudolph Activity Pack with the purchase of any Santa photo package on November 26, December 3 and December 10. Find Santa on the lower level at Macy’s Court.

Oviedo Mall

Now through December 24 | Hours vary

Not only can you take photos with Santa, but you can also meet Mrs. Claus! Oviedo Mall will host Mother Christmas on three consecutive Sundays on December 3, 10 and 17 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. when she will lead holiday-themed children’s activities. This year she’s planning two crafts and holiday cookie decorating. Join the fun in the community room.

Registration is required. The event is free for Oviedo Mall Kid Crew Members and $5 for non-members. Sign up at www.myoviedomall.com/info/kidcrew.

And not to be outdone, Oviedo Mall offers pet photos with Santa on December 7 and 14 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.

West Oaks Mall

November 21 through December 24 | Hours vary

Santa is trading out the sleigh for a helicopter and you can be there when he arrives! Join him for his grand entrance, milk and cookies, and of course, photos!

If that wasn’t enough, you, too, can take a helicopter ride! Go up for a discount by taking your photo with Santa.

The event is 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., with Santa’s arrival scheduled at approximately 5:15 p.m.

mark sMark Schaub is an Orlando mall enthusiast. A self-proclaimed mallrat, he’s not there to shop, he’s not there to work, he’s just there. Mark has taken his love for malls and turned it into “Orlando Mall Guide” (www.OrlandoMallGuide.com).

Everyone always wonders what happened to the store that closed and what is being built behind that drywall. Mark fills you in and goes beyond the news to explain just who are these mall-walkers and  how you can get a job at the mall. Follow on Twitter at @OMGmalls.

Latin Food and Wine Festival Saturday October 18

The best of Latin cuisine and culture come together Saturday, October, 18 from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Latin Food and Wine Festival at Crane’s Roost in Altamonte Springs.

The event features a main stage with Latin music and entertainment, a VIP area, and a chef stage with cooking demonstrations. Guests can purchase tasting-size portions from local restaurants and vendors, and enjoy the foods and flavors from the Latin community from the Beer & Wine Guide. General admission is free.

Výsledek obrázku pro healthy food

Healthy Greek Eats will be invited,  a local brand with Mediterranean roots, created by Greek native Vassilis Coumbaros. The one-night-only celebration, which will take place on Friday, June 28 from 8-11 p.m., will further introduce the Central Florida community to the line of meze, which includes new superfoods including items such as hummus, spicy feta dip, tzatziki and homemade Greek yogurt which can be complemented with supplements  and healthy ingredients to maintain your body fresh and strong.

Donations will be accepted at the door to benefit Downtown Credo, a College Park-based coffee shop founded on charitable giving, who gives back to the community with every cup sold.