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Light Up SoDo 2016

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Kick off your holiday season at Light Up SoDo on Sunday, December 4th at 2pm. Free community event with Santa, Princesses, face painting, train rides and more!

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Downtown South WINstagram

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Downtown South WINstagram

Hey Instagrammers! Here’s your chance to win some really fun prizes just for being familiar with Downtown South icons.

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Cardboard Art Festival: From An Artist’s Perspective

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Cardboard Art Festival: From An Artist’s Perspective

To be honest, we’re using the term “artist” loosely.  Hello!  My name is Leah Nash, I’m the current Chairperson for the Downtown South Board of Directors, as well as a Downtown South resident.  This year, I submitted a proposal called “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” to show in the 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival {produced by The Daily City} and was pleasantly surprised when my proposal was selected. Until I realized that I would actually have to create this gigantic piece of art, made entirely of cardboard, in just three short weeks. Never did I think that I would consider cardboard so frequently, but here I was nonetheless.  I began collecting cardboard every where I went. I was {again} pleasantly surprised at how generous people were with giving me their cardboard.  In fact, thank you to the following companies for “sponsoring” my first art installment: Columbia Street Studios, Community Acupuncture of Orlando, In Bloom Florist, Go Big Marketing, and Total Wine and More After the Pulse tragedy, it was important to me to frequent as many Downtown South businesses that were closed by the investigation as possible.  I’m happy to say that 100% of supplies purchased for “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” were made at our local Toole’s Ace Hardware store.  If you have ever shopped there, you know how friendly and helpful the staff is and my DAILY visits there for my cardboard art piece were no exceptions.  I’m actually selling “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” for the exact amount that it cost me to make, which is $112.01. I was also very happy that the Cardboard Art Festival was hosted by Sodo Shopping Center, which is literally less than a mile from my house AND right across the street from my new favorite place, Ace Hardware {yes!  Ace IS the place!}.  With it being so close, I could easily transport pieces back and forth, as well as work in the space.  With my installment being so large {one piece is over 6′ tall}, it was nice to have large space available to me. The 4th Annual Cardboard Art Festival is being held July 22 – 31 at the Sodo Shopping Center, next to TJ Maxx.  Click here for a schedule of events and gallery hours.  Every single piece of art is made entirely of cardboard.  There are tiny pieces all the way up to large installments, like mine.  “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats” is a three-piece interactive installment.  Please stop by during gallery hours to check it out, try some of the pieces on {there are Cat Hats!}, and snap some pics.  If you post your pics, please use #PeaceLoveandKittyCats . Cardboard Art Festival is using the following: #cardboardisawesome and #cardboardartfest2016 .  You can also find Cardboard Art Festival on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.  Hope to see you there! Here’s a sneak peak of “Peace, Love, and Kitty Cats”:    Here are some progress pics:...

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Nightly Closures on Division Avenue

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Nightly Closures on Division Avenue

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Recovery Resources

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Recovery Resources

Downtown South, a 501c3 Orlando Main Street organization, has organized this guide. It is intended to be a comprehensive collection of currently available resources for locally affected businesses and employees of the Pulse tragedy.

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Downtown South Works Towards Recovery

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Downtown South Works Towards Recovery

The Downtown South community is deeply saddened by the horrific tragedy that occurred to our neighbor Pulse Orlando on June 12th in Downtown South.  Our hearts go out to everyone affected. We cannot explain why this terrible tragedy happened but we can tell you one thing:  WE ARE STLL HERE.  We are here to support our businesses and residents, our city, and our community.  We are not going anywhere.

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Business Outreach Meeting Friday, June 24

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Business Outreach Meeting Friday, June 24

Downtown South is working with non-profit and government partners to centralize information about resources and assistance available for businesses and employees affected by the economic impacts of the Pulse tragedy.

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It’s time to rally! Downtown South’s local businesses need your support

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It’s time to rally! Downtown South’s local businesses need your support

In response to every call to action since the tragedy, from donating blood to fundraising for victim’s families, Orlando has stepped up and exceeded every expectation. Now Downtown South is asking that Orlando come together once more and rally behind these local businesses.

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State of Emergency Business Assistance Information

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State of Emergency Business Assistance Information

The State of Florida Emergency Operations Center has activated the Florida Virtual Business Emergency Operations Center to provide assistance to local businesses impacted by the terror attack in Orlando. The program is managed by the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) and will survey businesses affected by the tragedy. DEO will share the results with various state and local agencies to implement appropriate relief programs.

Affected businesses should complete a Business Damage Assessment survey that will be used to determine which emergency support programs might be beneficial to help impacted local businesses. Local and state officials will use this information to quickly provide any needed assistance programs.

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A message from Downtown South

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A message from Downtown South

“The Downtown South community is deeply saddened by the tragedy that occurred at Pulse on Sunday morning.  It seems unbelievable that this type of hate happened in our neighborhood.  As a community, we stand strong and support our city, police department, businesses, and residents.  Our hearts go out to all affected by this terrible tragedy. The outpouring of love and support from friends, neighbors, and businesses has been unprecedented, thank you to all who have joined hands to make our community whole...

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