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New Vistas at Lake Monroe Condominiums Approved

Economic Development

More development and residential units are coming to Historic Downtown Sanford as site plans for the Vistas at Lake Monroe were unanimously passed by the City Commission last week. The Vistas will be an 80-unit residential complex located at 1101 and 1105 E. 1st St. at the intersection of Mellonville Ave. and Seminole Blvd. Of note, the construction is anticipated...

St. Johns Rivership Co Unique River Cruise Experience Under New Ownership


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Over the last few years, Historic Downtown Sanford has become a recognized and preeminent destination within Central Florida for its events & experiences. From large scale neighborhood-infused music festivals to outlandishly fun sofa races, from golf cart & e-bike rentals along the Sanford Riverwalk to enjoying a craft brewery or food tour, from taking in award-winning shows and plays to...

Introducing Blend & Barrel – Upscale Destination Cigar Lounge Rebrands


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Rebrand from Executive Cigar Shop & Lounge Highlights Blend of Tobaccos, Blend of Customers & High-End Cocktails In late 2022, Executive Cigar Shop & Lounge – a premier cigar lounge situated on the lakefront of Lake Monroe in Historic Downtown Sanford – began a metamorphosis into a true destination for the craft cigar and drink connoisseur. With the entry of...

Upscale Motorcycle Apparel Brand 73 MoTo to Open New Retail Space


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Motorcycle enthusiasts will have reason to rejoice and experience 73 MoTo, a high-end vintage motorcycle apparel line launched by Sean Kelley, owner of Henry's Depot. Housed inside the massive 7000+ sq ft. retail space Unfurl Collective located at 115 N. Laurel Ave in Historic Downtown Sanford, 73 MoTo is poised to fill a void in the upscale vintage motorcycle apparel...

The Wildflower Provisions & Cocktails to Open in Old Smiling Bison Space


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Historic Downtown Sanford will soon have a fabulous new venue to grab an elevated cocktail and delicious bite as the successful Baldwin Park staple The Wildflower opens its 2nd location on Wednesday May 10th in the old Smiling Bison space. Located at 101 S. Magnolia Ave. in Magnolia Square next to Hollerbach’s German Restaurant, this highly anticipated gastrobar is finishing...

The Economic Impact of The Pints n’ Paws Craft Beer Festival

Economic Development

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Pints n’ Paws is more than a unique annual craft beer festival and fundraiser that you can share with your pooch. It has become a community staple, large-scale economic driver, and charitable event all in one. Hosted by the West End Trading Co., Celery City Craft and Historic Downtown Sanford®, Pints n’ Paws annually promotes and funds the amazing mission...

Dragons Will Descend Upon the Historic Wells Fargo Tower


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The Dragon Vault Promises to be an Experience in Authentic Reality In times gone by, perhaps nothing very interesting was kept inside the vault located in the Wells Fargo building on the corner of 1st St and Park Ave in Historic Downtown Sanford, Florida. After all, how excited could people get over the bank notes, depositors’ shares, and treasury bonds...

‘King’s Crossing’ Development at SR46 & Lake Mary Boulevard to Include a Publix Plaza and Apartments

Economic Development


Large-Scale Economic Catalyst for City of Sanford Eyes Late 2023 ETA; Name an Homage to King Family Since 1891, the King family has lived in and invested in the City of Sanford; a pending large scale development anchored by grocery giant Publix and convenience store WaWa will memorialize the King family name. Speaking with James Dunn King, who owned the...

Unfurl Collective Poised to Bring Massive Retail Footprint


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7000+ SF of Vendor Space to be a ‘Collective’ of Artists, Makers, Growers & Do-ers to Open on Saturday, September 24th! Orlando locals and those familiar with the music scene have long been aware of Jim Faherty, the Orlando night club and restaurant owner who was one of the earliest and most prominent frontrunners of the local music scene. Downtown...

Train N’ Wheelz Opens with a Mission on Sanford Ave


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Located at 112 Sanford Ave, Historic Downtown Sanford’s newest retail location is Train N' Wheelz, an adaptive bicycle and skateboard shop that provides competitive job training to individuals with special needs. Train N' Wheelz will sell and service conventional bicycles and skateboards, as well as work with and for the special needs community by offering up many adaptive and specialized...