Growth Watch

Unfurl Collective Poised to Bring Massive Retail Footprint

Art

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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...

Mark Nation Group Poised to Open Upscale Coastal Cuisine Restaurant ‘Keely’s Garage’

Restaurants

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18 months have gone by since I first visited with Mark Nation to discuss his plans to build a destination restaurant in Historic Downtown Sanford. Sitting in his old Longwood offices, and then walking the city block-sized parcel spanning south and west from 2nd Street & Oak Ave to 3rd Street & Myrtle Ave, his ambitious plan consisted of two...

The ‘Famous L’ Collective Embodies Collaboration & Synergy

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Amidst the world-class culinary and craft locales in Historic Downtown Sanford, a new organization comprised of business owners from the retail and service industry has emerged as a collaborative force, and this teamwork and camaraderie is leading to improvements to both the bottom line and the #Sanfording experience. In the past, events and full streets could often overshadow the storefronts...

32nd Annual Sanford Holiday Tour of Homes by Sanford Historic Trust

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The Sanford Historic Trust is preparing to once again bring Historic Downtown Sanford a “must-see” event, as the 32nd Annual Holiday Tour of Homes begins Saturday, December 4. Under the watchful eyes and creative vision of the Sanford Historic Trust’s membership body and accomplished board of directors, this nonprofit organization has always found creative ways to engage the Sanford community...

Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge Then and Now

Economic Development

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Tuffy’s Bottle Shop & Lounge and Tuffy’s Music Box – Quintessential Example of Growth in HDS Historic Building Reclaimed & Renovated to Fit a Modern Entrepreneurial Vision A decade ago, the scene looked different for both Dan St. Pierre and the resolute, an almost forgotten structure standing at 200 Myrtle Ave in Sanford. St. Pierre, a Central Floridian by birth...

Behind the ‘Historic Downtown Sanford®’ Brand

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Historic Downtown Sanford® Selected as the Official Marketing Partner of Sanford Main Street In just three short years, Historic Downtown Sanford has become the ubiquitous label which captures all that the downtown corridor is.  Founder Will Henao through his agency Community Marketing Online has been able to execute a tourism brand campaign that has proved viable, visionary, and will continue...

New Business Bicikleta Bike Shop Opens in Historic Downtown Sanford and Promises to ‘Create Cyclists’

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Sanford locals, neighbors, friends, and bicycle enthusiasts Jimmy Galvez & Theo Hollerbach are opening up a new business in Historic Downtown Sanford – Bicikleta Bike Shop! With their bicycle and industry knowledge, expertise, passion, and hospitality, the new venture located on the corner of 3rd St. and Magnolia Ave is poised to enhance and benefit the community and ‘Create Cyclists.’...

San Leon Mixed Use Development on Sanford Ave. Nearing Completion

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Since the razing of the San Leon hotel in 1917, no new structures have been built on the prominent corner of 2nd St and Sanford Ave, but developer Dan Matthews has moved forward with his plans to revitalize the corner by adding 10 housing units and a 2300 SF retail footprint in Historic Downtown Sanford. This urban infill project has...

51-Room Boutique Hotel, 32 Townhomes Coming to West Side of Historic Downtown Sanford

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A 51-room hotel may soon be located on the corner of 1st St. and Oak Ave in Historic Downtown Sanford, filling what many consider to be a huge need for tourists and guests to the Celery City. First Street Station, a proposed residential and commercial mixed-use development from owners/developers Ron Semans and Bob Horian, also seeks to construct 32 townhome...