About Christina Locke

Business Spotlight: Washburn Imports and Imperial Wine Bar

By Christina Locke | February 24, 2023

There aren’t many spots (or maybe only one?) to enjoy exotic furniture and decor from throughout Asia while enjoying a drink, but Ivanhoe Village mainstay Washburn Imports offers the best of both worlds at its 1800 N. Orange Ave. location. Washburn Imports is open Monday – Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. […]

Moderne offers Asian tapas, craft cocktails

By Christina Locke | February 22, 2023

As we reported in August, The Moderne is bringing upscale cocktails (its “mixology philosophy is meant to evoke the past while re-imagining the future,” according to its website) and Asian tapas (red curry udon, Korean vodka pasta and Japanese poutine, to name a few) to Mills 50. The art deco spot began its soft opening phase last year and is […]

Hideaway Bar commissions ironic wall mural

By Christina Locke | February 21, 2023

The Hideaway Bar has turned lemons into Kool-Aid, with local artist Andrew Spear painting a mural of the powdered drink’s mascot over the spot where in December 2022, a driver crashed into the Ivanhoe Village watering hole and restaurant. Hideaway Bar also has T-shirts available for purchase with a replication of the mural. The incident, which injured four people, led […]

Call for contributions to ‘Diversity Mural’ open until March 15

By Christina Locke | February 21, 2023

Orlando’s “Diversity Mural” — a rainbow of mosaic hearts designed to honor the victims of the Pulse nightclub shootings — is in the process of being restored and extended, with opportunities to contribute available until March 15. A portion of the mural had to be removed by the new owners of the former Lamp & Shade Fair building to make […]

Oldest business in Ivanhoe Village closes after 28 years

By Christina Locke | February 21, 2023

The oldest business in Ivanhoe Village — Boom-Art by Rogers Studio — has now closed after 28 years in business. Run by husband-and-wife team Glenn and Sandy Rogers, the shop liquidated its inventory after an amazing creative 28-year run in Ivanhoe Village. Glenn Rogers’ career included designing the yellow brick road for the movie “The Wiz” with Michael Jackson and […]

Colonialtown cornhole charity tournament throws off April 29

By Christina Locke | February 16, 2023

The second annual “Jesstivus Colonialtown Cornhole Tournament,” a charity event recently founded by Jess Hanebury-D’Amico, is set for April 29. D’Amico, a fairly new transplant to Orlando, raised more than $2,000 for charity at last year’s inaugural event. This year’s cornhole competition will benefit The Center Orlando and is sponsored in part by Yeungling. The tournament starts at noon on […]

Orlando Chess Club offers games for all ages in North Quarter

By Christina Locke | January 19, 2023

Chess expert? Curious after binge-watching “The Queen’s Gambit” during the pandemic? There is room for everyone at the Orlando Chess Club. The nonprofit, founded in 2018, meets every Saturday, noon – 3 p.m., at the North Quarter Market Credo coffee shop location (885 N. Orange Ave., also home to Zeppelin Books and Guacamoli). The Credo location and time is for […]

Dragon Parade returning in February

By Christina Locke | January 19, 2023

Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit on Feb. 5, with the 11th Annual Central Florida Dragon Parade. The Year of the Rabbit is the fourth in the 12-year cycle of the Chinese zodiac. Past Years of the Rabbit included 1951, 1963, 1975, 1987, 1999 and 2011. The Lunar New Year celebration starts at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Lake […]

Virginia Drive Live! a joint Main Street movement

By Christina Locke | January 18, 2023

Virginia Drive Live! is poised for Saturday, Feb. 11, from 5 to 9 p.m., with retail, food and music vendors set up along Virgina Drive from Orange Avenue to Mills Avenue. The Mills 50 and Ivanhoe Village Main Street districts have been co-hosting the event since 2020. “It’s a natural collaboration since our boundaries ‘touch’ on Virginia Drive at Haven/Brookhaven, […]

Get your ‘croffle’ on at Haan Coffee in Mills 50

By Christina Locke | January 18, 2023

Bringing a sleek design, curated artwork and unique menu offerings, Haan Coffee is now officially open at 1235 East Colonial Drive. It offers Korean-inspired coffee (roasted on Mondays and Thursdays) and tea. A variety of croissant-waffle “croffles” are also available, including flavors such as honey almond, everything seasoning or even a croffle ice cream sandwich.