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JA Hospitality LLC, (JAH) the developer of a new boutique hotel in downtown Winter Garden has selected The Collage Companies as Construction Manager for the new 3-story, 45,000 sq. ft. boutique hotel located in historic downtown Winter Garden, at 8 North Highland. The parcel is located directly across from Winter Garden City Hall on Plant Street. Collage has started pre-construction services and construction will begin by mid-2020.  The first floor of the new 60-room hotel will feature an as-yet unnamed culinary partner for the 5,000 sq. ft full-service restaurant, 1,000 sq. ft. of retail space and 3,000 sq. ft of meeting and event space. The second floor will contain guest rooms, common spaces and an open pool and pool deck. The third floor will contain additional guest rooms. JAH expects to reveal plans for use of the rooftop in early spring. The City of Winter Garden is working on revitalization of parking in the downtown area, to keep pace with the area’s growing popularity and population. The hotel will offer valet parking and utilize reserved spots in a city-owned garage. Rob Maphis is Vice President of Operations and COO at The Collage Companies, and says of the significance of the project, “Collage is thrilled to be part of the team for this hotel, one that will complement all of the exciting developments in Winter Garden’s historic district.” JAH’s Peter Watzka, a former Marriott executive, said of the project, “We want to create a unique hotel that offers visitors a taste of old-Florida and gives locals a new hot spot to gather at. The hotel is designed in historic alignment with the character of the area - but with all the modern benefits.” About Collage The Collage Companies is an established integrated services firm with expertise in Design Build, Construction Management and General Contracting  Collage has served Florida and the southeast since 1982 from their headquarters in Lake Mary, Florida - and has over $100M worth of construction projects planned for completion by 3Q 2020. Collage pursues community–centric projects with an emphasis on green building in the hospitality, religious, transportation, education, government and parks and sports sectors. The Collage Companies was honored as one of the 2018 Florida Companies to Watch as announced by GrowFL.
PhysioFix Opens at Dellagio Town CenterOpen House with Free Demos February 14th - 10am to 5pmOrlando’s first PhysioFix opens on February 14th at Dellagio Town Center. PhysioFix offers EMS training which stands for “electric muscle stimulation.” EMS is a high intense full body work out that uses low frequency electric impulses to stimulate muscles. PhysioFix invites the public to check out the new exercise technology at an open house on February 14th from 10am to 5pm at the new EMS studio located at Dellagio Town Center - 8014 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 230 - Orlando FL 32819 (located above J. Christine Salon and IV Lounge - near Flemings Prime Steakhouse).EMS has been widely used in physiotherapy for decades. Its rapidly expanding use as a whole-body training method provides a combination of a highly effective strength and cardio training. PhysioFix uses the most advanced EMS devices in the fitness industry. Approved by the FDA in 2019, EMS training has been popular across the globe in sixty countries among professional soccer players and tennis players who are averse to work out injuries. Owner, EMS certified personal trainer, and former ski instructor, Melinda McCann, says of her decision to open PhysioFix at Dellagio Town Center:“Today, people are looking for total health - not just being fit. They are looking for longevity, cellular health and quality of life. EMS provides a highly efficient way to maintain total health, and with reduced risk of injury.”PhysioFix is a registered trademark of Melinda McCann. PhysioFix offers private EMS training and is located at 8014 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 230 - Orlando FL 32819. To schedule a tour or to book an appointment, call 407-701-6145. 
PhysioFix and CYCLEBAR add to the Wellness and Beauty Lineup at Dellagio Residents of Dr. Phillips, Bay Hill and Windermere will soon have access to two new High Intensity Interval Training (HITT) exercise experiences. Health and Fitness experts report that in 2020 HITT will become more dominant in the marketplace as the public looks for exercise options that provide maximum efficiency with time and energy. From their anchoring position on restaurant row, Dellagio Town Center is home to a rapidly growing lineup of wellness and beauty brands, answering the local demand for unique-boutique exercise experiences.Orlando’s first PhysioFix opens in February at Dellagio, just above the IV LOUNGE. PhysioFix offers EMS training which stands for “electric muscle stimulation.” EMS is a high intense full body work out that uses low frequency electric impulses to stimulate muscles (including the ones hard to reach using conventional training) with zero impact on the joints. Approved by the FDA in 2019, PhysioFix has been popular in Europe among professional soccer players and tennis players who are averse to work out injuries. PhysioFix owner and operator Melinda McCann will host local health and wellness influencers in early February for a soft opening and will open to the public on Valentine’s Day. Melinda says this of her decision to call Dellagio home: “The program is designed for busy people who want maximum results in minimal time with low risk of injury. We love that Dellagio is wellness friendly, we enjoy being part of the growing number of wellness and beauty brands that call Dellagio home.”Orlando’s next CYCLEBAR is set to open in late Spring at Dellagio Town Center near the new Norman’s, which is set to open late summer. The CYCLEBAR franchise has gained a following for their low impact and high intensity premium indoor cycling programs, for all ages and fitness levels. CYCLEBAR offers seven different types of rides including themed rides, charity rides and corporate team-building rides.CYCLEBAR franchise owner, Brent Zartler, who also owns and operates a CYCLEBAR location in Heathrow (and coming soon to Lake Nona and Waterford Lakes), says of his decision to plant roots at Dellagio: “We saw a gap in the market space for our target client – individuals looking for a unique and fun exercise experience. And with our proximity to the Orange County Convention Center, we can support convention-goers with a healthy team building experience.” Other Dellagio Wellness and Beauty News AdventHealth, Florida’s largest healthcare system, opened an office for primary care physician Dr. Lauren Conroy last October. Woodhouse Day Spa - one of Dellagio’ s original tenants J. Christine Salon, Blow Dry Bar and Barber Shop IV Lounge hosted the silent auction suite for the 13th Annual Taste of Dr. Phillips Event Dellagio - The Heart of Sand Lake - is located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service companies. Over 30 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagioorlando.com
01.02.2020
Paula Wyatt
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For nearly two decades Dancing for Diabetes has been spreading awareness about Type 1 diabetes, raising funds to find a cure and inspiring those with Type 1 diabetes to thrive. A message from President and Founder of Touched by Type 1, Elizabeth Forrest: It really is incredible for me to take a step back and see how this organization started on my parents' driveway and has grown to what it is today all these years later - serving so many kids and adults with Type 1 diabetes. Our organization’s incredible growth over the last ten years, in particular, has pushed us to challenge ourselves and reflect on how we can impact more people. To better identify with our community, to properly explain who we are and increase our reach - we are rebranding and becoming Touched By Type 1. Rebranding will allow us to continue all of our current programs as well as expand and grow so that we may reach more people and change more lives. Under Touched by Type 1, all of our existing programs and initiatives will continue to grow: Bowl for a Cause, Annual Conference, Type 1 @ School, D-Box, Kids & Teens with Diabetes Dance Program, Dancing for Diabetes, along with all the monthly outreach events and much more we have yet to create. We are ecstatic for this new journey - for rediscovering who we are and what we can accomplish for our global community.  Check out our new website. Together, we enter our 20th year as who we’ve always been and who we’ll continue to be - Touched by Type 1!
Fans of Orlando International Airport made their voices known as they secured Central Florida’s premier airport the No. 1 spot as the “Best Large Airport” in the 2020 USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice travel awards. A panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote.Orlando International nabbed the top rank by getting more votes than airports like Tampa International, Dallas/Fort Worth International and Minneapolis-St. Paul International.“Employees at Orlando International Airport always strive to deliver the best customer service possible, creating a dynamic and exceptional experience for everyone who travels through our facility,” said Phil Brown, Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority. “Being named the ‘Best Large Airport’ in a contest entirely determined by a popular vote is rewarding because it confirms that we’ve made fans of not only our local community but by those who choose to travel here.”The voting process, which took place over four weeks in December and January, drew together Orlando International’s fan base for an opportunity to support Florida’s busiest airport.“Our supporters are always engaging with us across our social media platforms, telling us we’re their favorite airport,” said Brian Engle, the airport’s Director of Customer Experience. “Our social media team really harvested that positivity and encouraged our nearly 350,000 followers to vote daily.”Basic MCO Information: With more than 50 million annual passengers, Orlando International Airport (MCO) is the busiest airport in Florida and 10th busiest in the U.S. MCO is currently engaged in a $4.2 billion Capital Improvement Program to increase capacity and enhance customer convenience. For more information please contact Carolyn Fennell or Rod Johnson in the Office of Public Affairs at the Greater Orlando Aviation Authority at 407-825-2055.  Credit: Orlando Aviation Authority Website MCO
Orlando City Soccer Foundation Orlando City Soccer Foundation has as its mission to bring soccer to underserved communities with a holistic approach to health and wellness. They accomplish this by providing free soccer programming, investing in safe places to play, and focusing on urban gardens and access to healthy food choices. SoccerBall 2020: Pride In Our City Presented by Orlando Health  Join Orlando City to celebrate the Pride we all have in our City Beautiful! Stroll along the MANE STREETS of the Orlando community including our pride-filled stadium, mini pitches and gardens! Other highlights include: Meet the 2020 Orlando City and Orlando Pride Players Enjoy outstanding entertainment and performances Bid on silent auction items and donate to a great cause Dance the night away! Cocktail Attire / *This event is for ages 21+ Become an Event Sponsor  Click HERE for more info on how YOU can help make a difference!) Elliot Evangelista - Program Coordinator| 407-868-8368 | eevangelista@orlandocitysc.com | www.orlandocityfoundation.org
Reimagining the Anchor Space at Dellagio Town Center  Orlando, Florida – Chef Norman Van Aken and partners Tom and Kim Wood announce that they are re-opening their flagship restaurant on Sand Lake’s famed Restaurant Row in the iconic Dellagio Town Center. Plans for a unique renovation of the 7,500 square foot space, revealed in first quarter 2020, will show a complete reimagining of the anchor space at the corner of Sand Lake Road and Della. Including a bold new look for 1,750 square feet of outdoor event space. The grand opening for NORMAN’S is targeted for late summer 2020. NORMAN’S will feature a contemporary menu that will be announced in late Spring but is reported to include some of Chef Van Aken’s signature dishes as well as some of the legendary Chef’s newest inspirations. The company is continuing to employ Yusuf Yildiz as general manager of the new restaurant and Laura Fletcher as private event manager. In August of 2019 Chef Norman Van Aken, Florida’s sole chef recipient of The James Beard “Who’s Who in America” Award, celebrated the 16th anniversary of the flagship restaurant, NORMAN’S at The Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes. He said this about the decision to move to Dellagio: “As we enter the next part of our journey - we are activating a space that is almost twice as large as our old space. This is in alignment with our goal of creating more world-class events in Orlando. Restaurant Row’s proximity to the Orange County Convention center allows us to better serve the estimated 1.4 million expected convention-goers in 2020. Dellagio is the perfect fit for our expanding vision of food and service to the community and to travelers.” NORMAN’S features Chef and decorated Cookbook Author Norman Van Aken and his culinary team. Chef Van Aken’s internationally acclaimed “New World Cuisine” is an exciting, healthful and delicious fusion of Florida with the power of Latin, Caribbean and Asian roots. “NORMAN’S will be an anchoring presence for Dellagio. We are working closely with the team at Norman’s on the stunning, genre-defining renovation taking place. We are excited about the prestige that this award-winning brand and iconic personality bring to the Dellagio collective footprint and to Restaurant Row.” Joe LeBas, President, Managing Director and Founder, Concorde Group Holdings, LLC Dellagio – The Heart of Sand Lake - located in the Dr. Phillips area of Orlando just minutes from Central Florida’s world-class theme parks and the Orange County Convention Center. Dellagio is home to some of Orlando’s favorite award-winning restaurants, a full line up of wellness and beauty destinations and a host of professional service brands. Over 30 brands make up the Dellagio family. www.dellagiooralndo.com # # # Contact: Paula@DellagioOrlando.com
Credit: https://orlandoballet.org/event/ballet-ball-2020/ Celebrate the Timeless Tale with Loved Ones; Featuring Choreography by Victoria Morgan and Live Music by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra January 16, 2020, (ORLANDO, Fla.) — Orlando Ballet will perform the classic fairytale, “Cinderella” at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts February 14 through 16, 2020. “Cinderella” will feature stunning choreography by Victoria Morgan, artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet, live music by Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra, and exquisite sets and costumes. The timeless tale will open on Valentine’s Day weekend, a perfect occasion to celebrate with loved ones. The harmonious sounds of the Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will bring every storybook character to life; including Cinderella, the prince, and even stepsisters, played by male Orlando Ballet company dancers. The production pays homage to the original fairytale romance, but also includes humorous moments and twists that will captivate audiences of all ages. The production will also include “Cinderella – A Family Show,” a one-hour condensed version perfect for families and young children, on Saturday, February 15, 2020 at 11 a.m. “I’m thrilled to bring ‘Cinderella’ to Orlando and work with the immense talent at Orlando Ballet,” said artistic director of the Cincinnati Ballet Victoria Morgan. “Everyone loves the classic story of ‘Cinderella,’ but I hope that audiences find my version to be a breath of fresh air. The production is visually stunning—there’s a massive, gorgeous carriage, and the costumes are wonderful—but most importantly, the talented dancers of Orlando Ballet will bring my choreography to life beautifully.” “It’s a true pleasure to have Victoria Morgan’s choreography part of our repertoire this season,” said Orlando Ballet artistic director Robert Hill. “Victoria is a visionary with unmatched artistic-excellence, and I’m so happy our dancers get to work with and learn from choreographers of her caliber. Live accompaniment by the wonderful Orlando Philharmonic Orchestra will bring so much magic to the production, too—audiences are in for a treat.” Ballet Ball – A Cinderella Story Orlando Ballet will host its first public event in its new home, Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre, January 25, 2020. Orlando Ballet’s “Ballet Ball: A Cinderella Story” is the organization’s preeminent gala and fundraising event, and is Cinderella-themed in honor of the production. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: https://orlandoballet.org/event/ballet-ball-2020/ Additionally, Orlando Ballet’s “Ballet Ball: A Cinderella Story” will feature special guest and global dance icon, Kevin McKenzie, artistic director of American Ballet Theatre. Orlando Ballet School students will have the opportunity to take a master ballet class with McKenzie on Sunday, January 26 at Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre. The masterclass is open to the public and the first in Orlando Ballet’s new home. The new building will allow Orlando Ballet to bring more master classes and performances to the community. Visit: https://www.facebook.com/events/463759651218272/ for more information.  Orlando Ballet’s “Ballet Ball: A Cinderella Story” is generously sponsored by PNC Bank. “Cinderella” Showtimes Friday, February 14, 2020  at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020  at 3 p.m. Saturday, February 15, 2020  at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2020 at 3 p.m. “Cinderella – A Family Show” Showtime Saturday, February 15, 2020  at 11 a.m.    To purchase tickets visit: https://www.drphillipscenter.org/events/tickets/2019/cinderella/ or call the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts box office at 844-513-2014
Port received most votes out of 14 U.S. Ports in readers’ survey  Six ships call on Port Canaveral on May 27, 2019 with 35,111 passengersaccommodated in one day. (Photo: Canaveral Port Authority)  Port Canaveral, FL – December 31, 2019 – Port Canaveral has been named “Best Cruise Homeport in the U.S.” in Cruise Hive’s sixth annual Cruise Ship Awards readers’ survey, edging out of thirteen other U.S. homeports, with thousands of votes in the category. The Best Cruise Ship U.S. Homeport category was added to the survey for the first time. “Our commitment to providing the best possible experience for our cruise partners and guests has helped us earn this prestigious distinction,” Port Director and CEO Capt. John Murray stated. “We are very proud and thank Cruise Hive readers for recognizing our efforts.” Cruise Hive, an online cruise blogger for the latest industry news, conducted a readers’ survey for its 2019 Cruise Ship Awards, with voting for eight categories of cruise ship travel. The online voting opened in mid-September, and the awards were announced online yesterday, with Port Canaveral edging out all other U.S. cruise ports in the category. “With Port Canaveral receiving more votes than any other cruise homeport in the United States it just shows how far the Port has come and that Cruise Hive readers prefer it to other popular nearby options,” said Emrys Thakkar, Cruise Hive founder. “The Port has long been popular on our site and readers enjoy the experience and cruise ship itineraries that are available. I can’t wait to see how the Port grows even larger in the years to come and I’m especially excited for when Carnival’s Mardi Gras arrives in November 2020.”Cruise Hive cited Port Canaveral’s growth, with the construction of Cruise Terminal 3, the largest single project in the history of Port Canaveral, the anticipated arrival of the Carnival Mardi Gras, the first cruise ship in North America to be powered by liquified natural gas (LNG), and the planned renovations of Cruise Terminals 8 & 10 to accommodate more Disney Cruise Line ships. Other categories included Best New Cruise Ship of 2019, Most Anticipated New Cruise Ship of 2020, Best Cruise Ship Feature, Best Cruise Ship Refurbishment in 2019, Best Cruise Ship Dining Venue, Most Anticipated Future Class Cruise Ship, and Best Cruise Line of 2019.  To read Cruise Hive’s story, go to https://www.cruisehive.com/port-canaveral-voted-best-cruise-homeport-in-the-united-states/36620 # # # About Port Canaveral    Led by the elected five-member Canaveral Port Authority Board of Commissioners and Port Director and CEO, Captain John Murray, Port Canaveral is one of the world's most dynamic and exciting ports. A world-class gateway for cruises, cargo, recreation and logistics, as well as a gateway to new frontiers in space, Port Canaveral hosts nearly 5 million revenue cruise passengers through its state-of-the-art terminals and 6 million tons of cargo annually, including bulk, break-bulk, project, and containerized. The Port is strategically located to service all Florida markets, as well as the Southeastern United States. In addition to world class cruise facilities and diverse cargo operations, Port Canaveral offers more recreational opportunities than all other Florida deep-water seaports combined. For more information, visit www.PortCanaveral.com
The $12.5 million structure, named for chief donor Harriett Lake, was presented to the community in a ribbon-cutting ceremony Friday, January 10th.  Orange County Arts & Cultural Affairs provided nearly $1 million over two years of Cultural Facilities grants and another $4 million came from the Application Review Committee of the Tourist Development Council. The facility will not only be a home for the dancers and the school but will have a performance venue available for rental by other arts organizations.   BALLET BALL 2020  January 25 @ 6:00 pm - 10:00 pmA Cinderella StorySaturday, January 25, 2020 | 6 P.M.Harriett’s Orlando Ballet Centre600 North Lake Formosa Drive, Orlando, FL 32803 Presented by PNC BankPlease Share in the Enchantment of Orlando’s Preeminent Gala and Fundraiser as we Unveil Our New Home to the Central Florida Community.
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