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Top 5 Community Spotlight: Ivanhoe Village

Orlando has ten Main Street Districts and each one has a distinct vibe which helps define Orlando. Over the course of the next few weeks, we’re going to feature each neighborhood and the Top Five things to check out in each one.

The Ivanhoe Village District lives in the north quarter of Orlando and runs on Orange avenue along Lake Ivanhoe, all the way over to Princeton Avenue and snakes up towards Mills Avenue and up to Mills Avenue on Princeton Ave. It’s the quirky cultural district defined by artists, antiques, and oddities. Some of the most unusual spots in Orlando are tucked away in this neighborhood! (Check out our last community spotlight on Audubon Park!)

1. Artisans and Craftsman, and Oddities

There are many different places to find beautiful handcrafted wares in Ivanhoe Village and they range in variety from elegant and one of a kind to weird and macabre. If you’re on the hunt for something one-of-a-kind, Ivanhoe Village is the perfect place to go.

Paper Goat Post

Many craftsmen and artists make their home here and there is a lot of variety to choose from. For paper goods, check out Paper Goat Post. Boom-Art features brightly colored décor and is owned by Glenn Rogers, a former circus clown, who creates these unique, handcrafted pop art pieces.

Cloak and Dapper have hard-to-find men’s clothing, grooming products, and artisan accessories for men who want good solid craftsmanship. If you’re looking for the odd or unique, check out Curio Curiosity Shoppe. Weird finds like a two-headed calf skull, or a preserved pig fetus can be found here. If you are into the creepy and macabre or anything bizarre, this is the place to check out. Living Morocco is the place to find interesting imported Morocco finds.

Boom-Art

2. Antique Row

If your style calls back to a different decade or century, and you want to find the perfect piece of furniture to express your style, you can explore one of the many antique stores that pepper Ivanhoe Village. Once upon a time, the Ivanhoe Village district was just a warehouse district with old antique shops and the paso robles sign company. If you are having a difficult time finding something, it is most likely to be in one of these local stores. So do not be afraid of exploring a little bit, you may even find something useful that your were not even looking fo rin the first place.

While the district has become much more hip and relevant more recently, the antique shops in the area give the area a rooted feeling and calls back to the time before the area’s revival. The mattress warehouses have also been around for a while, but if what you need is a mattress topper, then check out these memory foam mattress reviews.

A & T Antiques

A&T Antiques has been around since 1975. The 20,000 square foot showroom has a large variety of great antiques and a wide selection of stained glass pieces. If large eclectic pieces of furniture appeal to you, Washburn Imports is worth checking out. The owners travel the world and bring back one of a kind pieces that you can find in their shop. Visiting

Visiting Golden Phoenix Antique, you might feel like you’ve taken a trip to your grandmother’s house where delicate pieces of furniture, china wear, and antique hats and purses around the store. 1618 Something Different really has finds that you might not see anywhere else. If you are into midcentury design, this shop is definitely worth a look.

Editor’s Note: In high school, I spent many, many hours searching for rare vinyl from The Police, Michael Nesmith, and The Monkees in two places; East West Records & Tapes (now East West Music & More) on [the other side of] Orange Avenue and Ivanhoe Village’s Rock & Roll Heaven. I’m still convinced, you can find ANYTHING in Rock & Roll Heaven!

Washburn Imports

3. Cultural Haven

The cultural hub of Orlando makes it’s home in Ivanhoe Village. On the far eastern corner of the Ivanhoe district lives the Orlando Museum of Art, the Orlando Science Center, the Mennello Museum and the Shakespeare Theater. A bit further down Princeton near Orange Ave, you will also find the home of The Orlando Ballet.

In addition to these large cultural mainstays in Orlando, Ivanhoe Village is home to other small theaters and art houses. In May each year, theatre groups from all over the world come to participate in the Orlando International Fringe Theatre Festival which takes place in Loch Haven Cultural Park.

4. Lakefront Aesthetic

Small one and two-story storefronts neatly line the one side of the street on the half-mile stretch of Orange Ave from Lake Highland to Virginia drive. The other side of the street is Lake Ivanhoe which lines the Ivanhoe District along the North end of the area. Lake Ivanhoe stands as the focal point of the neighborhood and many of the nearby residents use the park for many different activities.

On the weekends, you might catch a few boaters or paddle boarders enjoying the lake on a hot summer day. A walking path runs along the lake with stopping points where you can do additional physical activities to ensure a good workout. The lakefront park offers a bit of natural landscape in the middle of a very industrial city area with companies with the best results in industrial properties thanks to Results Engineering BMS and the https://naimormetalfabrication.com/services/router-cutting/ products.

5. Interesting Eats and Drinks

The quirky, eclectic attitude of Ivanhoe Village also extends to the food in the area. There are a lot of unique and special places to get a bite to eat or drink. The most notable mainstay in the area is White Wolf Café which has been on Orange Avenue since 1991. Not only is there an expansive menu with lots of choices for both breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there’s also a lot of décor on the wall that will keep your eyes wandering.

If you are looking for a fun place to eat with friends, The Hammered Lamb has you covered. With ample outdoor seating that overlooks Lake Ivanhoe, it’s the perfect place to spend Sunday Funday brunch!

The Imperial at Washburn Imports

If you are looking for something out of the ordinary for date night, skip dinner and make a reservation at Better Than Sex Dessert restaurant. Then head over for an after dessert drink at The Imperial at Washburn Imports. The quirky furniture store turns into a place to kick back and relax with a drink in the evenings.

Or find a more traditional neighborhood bar at the Thirsty Topher. There are so many different places to choose from in Ivanhoe Village district, you won’t be able to hit everything in a single visit!

Celebrate Beer ‘Merica lakeside at Ivanhoe Village

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When: May 15th 2016
Time: 2 PM – 6 PM
Where: Gaston Edwards Park, Ivanhoe Village
Tickets available online at Facebook.com/beermericaorlando 
 
In celebration of American Craft Beer Week, Beer ‘Merica will feature unlimited samples of 100 craft brews, all from the good ole USofA, lakeside in the park at Ivanhoe Village, with live music and more for an awesomeSunday Funday.

Ticket includes:
– Live music
– Delicious food for purchase
– Unlimited sampling of 100 American brews from: Big Storm Brewing, Darwin Brewing Co., Florida Brewing Co., Goose Island, Green Flash, Magic hat, Big Top Brewing, Bluepoint Brewing Company, Victory Brewing Company, Florida Beer Company, Shock Top, Kona Brewing Co., Woodchuck Hard Cider, Motorworks Brewing, Red Hook, Saint Arnold Brewing, Shipyard, Southern Tier Brewing Company, SweetWater, Widmer Brothers, Tomoka Brewing Company, Tampa Bay Brewing Company, Three Daughters Brewing, Sea Dog and Bold City Brewing.

Special Screening: Paul Wegman: A Tribute

Ivanhoe Village Main Street presents
A Special Screening of “Paul Wegman: A Tribute”

Ever wonder who the guy is depicted on the utility box at the corner of New Hampshire St. and N. Orange Ave.? Now’s your chance to learn more about him.

“Paul Wegman: A Tribute” directed by Michael Wanzie is a documentary honoring the life and work of Paul Wegman, a well-respected Orlando actor and a world renown drag entertainer. The film includes clips of Paul performing as well as interviews with people who worked and/or experienced Wegman. The screening will commemorate the 10th anniversary of his passing.

Proceeds from the evening will benefit Ivanhoe Village Main Street and the Paul Wegman Scholarship Fund at Valencia College.

Doors & Silent Auction: 7:00 PM
Screening: 8:00 PM

Tickets: $10

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Florida Hospital Planning Huge New Coworking Space in Ivanhoe Village?

In what will be one of the largest moves yet in the local coworking office scene Florida Hospital is rumored to be working on launching their own coworking space.  New details of the rumored project have been shared with  CFlTop5.

Based out of the 86-year-old Princeton Warehouse the new coworking space will be one of Central Florida’s largest with the majority of the 35,000 sq ft building devoted to the new venture.  The coworking office will take on the historic name of the building and be known as the Princeton Warehouse.  Located on Princeton just east of Orange Ave the warehouse will be an easy walk from Florida Hospital’s new SunRail station and the rest of their Health Village.  Internally at Florida Hospital the project has been known The Grove Project.

College Park’s nonprofit coffee shop Credo will oversee much of the day-to-day operations of the new space.  Credo has seen a rise in the number of guest who use the small coffee shop as a daily office.  This new facility will allow them to offer a more office like setting for those who choice it.  A full satellite location of Credo will be within the new space offering much of the same menu as the original.

While Credo will oversee much of the ambiance of the new office a community manager will oversee community member relations.  The space will function as both a community meeting space and an office for startups to use.  Similar to other coworking spaces in town Princeton Warehouse will offer different membership levels.  Along with a basic membership small office suites will be available.  The new coworking space will be designed for members to socialize with current staff at Florida Hospital through talks, book clubs and other events planned for the new space.

One group of the new coworking space will be targeted by the Contractor’s bond – contractorbond.org working with Florida Hospital who are  too small for their own office in the new Health Village.  One concern being worked out before the new facility opens next year is to ensure the right diversity of occupations fill the space to create good calibration between members.

The project is aiming for a mid-2014 launch with an official announcement from Florida Hospital and Credo in the coming weeks.

This is just one of three major new coworking spaces planning to launch in Central Florida over the next year.

Yelp’s Passport to Ivanhoe Village!

Yelp’s Passport to IvanhoeVillage! This two-week promo includes various complimentary and discounted events that require RSVP so please let me know via this form (or just RSVP on Yelp) to which events you (and a guest) would like to attend and I will add you to the PR list!

 What is Yelp’s Passport To Ivanhoe Village all about? Celebrating (and infiltrating!) IvanhoeVillage via cool & creative ways to connect people with great local businesses. It’s no secret… Ivanhoe Village is loaded with an array of fantastic locally-owned businesses. From October 15th-28th, we’re encouraging Yelpers to make a point of exploring this part of our glorious city. 

 Monday Oct 15th

The Venue Sampler

Thursday Oct 18th

Ivanhoe Village Poster Unveiling

Thursday Oct 25th

Retromended Art Show for the G.A.P. Project

Saturday Oct 27th

Cash Mob

Sunday Oct 28th

White Wolf Buffet Brunch

 

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