The smell of buttered popcorn just got closer. Mount Dora's Epic Theatres scheduled its ground breaking for this Friday.
Site work will then begin on the 12-screen multiplex being erected on the land between Target and Walmart. Construction typically takes nine to ten months putting the theater's expected opening in early Spring of 2017, according to an Epic representative. Read more
In 1977, an energetic, young dreamer with a wicked laugh and creative streak arrived on Mount Dora's doorstep. By applying his woodworking skills and unflappable ingenuity to the crafting and repairing of furniture, Jeff Herbst built a successful carpentry business uptown.
Sixteen years ago he began crafting beer at home, and eventually his thirst for beer making grew into an unbridled passion. Following the unrelenting call of hops and barley, Herbst, an Ohio native, spent three years converting his carpentry shop into a full-blown brewery complete with four fermentation tanks and six bright tanks for the clarified beer. Mount Dora Brewing, his labor of love, opened its doors over six years ago. Read more
It's difficult to get a favorable consensus on a restaurant. Difficult, but not impossible.
Lago Dora Ristorante opened six weeks ago in Tavares and diners' glowing reviews are piling up.
The brick oven and colorful mosaic tables are the focal point of the inviting modern space, but the food steals the show. Their lunch menu features ten fresh dishes all priced at $7.50, including chicken alfredo, spaghetti with perfectly seasoned meatballs, shrimp diavolo and their popular 10" margherita pizza. Read more
If you really want to know what's happening, ask someone who's right in the thick of everything. Mount Dora Buzz asked Kim Leinbach, the city's Interim City Manager, to share his valuable insights about Mount Dora's future, challenges and other topics.
MDB: If you had a crystal ball, what changes could residents notice in the next five years? LEINBACH: I believe Mount Dora residents will see the beginning of renewed growth and development. As the infrastructure matures in the northeast portion of the community, business interests of several types should be expected. Read more
Imagine mojitos under the stars and live music with a spectacular view. That's exactly what Edna Gonzalez, owner of Las Palmas Cuban Restaurant, envisioned when she brainstormed the addition of a rooftop bar and dining area to her eatery at the prime location of Donnelly Street and 4th Avenue. Read more
The first one was an overwhelming success. Now, this summer's pub crawl is expected to draw even bigger crowds.
Festive revelers will descend on Mount Dora for the "Red, White & Booze" pub crawl on July 3. Due to the success of the Tipsy Elf Crawl last December, the upcoming event has garnered more participating businesses than its predecessor. Read more
Some headed straight for the purses and shoes. Others nabbed the Coach bags and other designer goods. Then there were those that seemingly lost in the endless racks of clothing that stretched for miles. Judging by their smiles, bargain hunters found what they were looking for and more.
That was the scene when the new Goodwill Retail Store and Donation Center opened in Eustis today. The newly built store on US 441 sits on the border of Mount Dora and sells everything from costume jewelry and coats to golf balls, housewares, furniture and even a Brett Favre Packer jersey. Read more
Historic buildings come with plenty of charm, character and often a hefty dose of maintenance. Downtown landlords have been battling dry wood termites by spot treating for years. This year a group of property owners is working together to win the war. On Monday, June 27, 2016, the entire east side of the 400 block of Donnelly Street will be enclosed in a tent for three days to fumigate with Vikane gas to eliminate dry wood termites. The protective action is necessary during the insects' swarming season for the safety of everyone and every building on the block. Read more
A new Latin restaurant opened its doors in a familiar downtown Eustis location. Maria's Latin Diner, a fast-casual eatery, opened last week in the former home of That Cuban Place.
The family-owned restaurant features a large steam table that boasts a selection of traditional Latin main courses including pernil (roasted pork), rabo (oxtail) and ropa vieja(shredded beef). Read more
It's rapidly becoming a favorite season of the year. Although typically only lasting 6 weeks, Lake County's blueberry season is bountiful.
The state's history of growing blueberries began in the late 1800's. The sweet, tasty crop was one of Florida's tastiest secrets. It wasn't until the 1970's that the current hybrid cultivar blueberry was introduced and by the mid 1980's mass plantings took root in north central and northwestern Florida. The industry has grown ten fold and over the last 30 years, hundreds of small blueberry farms have sprouted throughout the state.
It shouldn't be any surprise. With over 1,400 lakes and seven of the top 11 lakes for bass fishing in Florida, Lake County is the place to catch trophy fish.
“Anglers regard Lake County’s lakes as some of the most diverse and abundant for fishing in the entire state,” said Adam Sumner, Lake County Economic Development & Tourism Division Manager. “Florida is the fishing capital of the world, but Lake County is quickly becoming known as a premier destination for trophy largemouth bass." Read more.
One of the most visible downtown buildings is getting a few upgrades. The New Orleans-style landmark on the corner of 5th Avenue & Donnelly Street recently had new windows replace the boards on the second floor, plus a new roof and exterior painting are in progress. Read more.
Sometimes it's good to be blue. Well, at least for a weekend.
Now in its second year, the Mount Dora Blueberry Festival is expected to be bigger and better in its new lakefront location in Evans Park. The downtown festival runs April 23-24 celebrating the growing agricultural importance of blueberries to the Central Florida. Read more.
What's pink, takes one year to complete and brings joy to life? A new food truck, that's what.
Whipping up fresh, decadent donuts in a myriad of flavorslike French Toast, Frosted Crack, Bird's Nest, and its signature Blueberry Glazed is a new favorite local business, Joy Donuts. The retro-painted pink trailer, not an actual truck, has been attracting locals and selling out since its opening day on March 12. Read more.
Spring has sprung and the cooler weather means more time in the garden.
This weekend inspiration for gardens will be sprawled under the oaks in Mount Dora. An eclectic collection of garden treasures and plants will be available at the Vintage Garden Show on April 2 & 3. Read more.
Tandoori anyone? Mount Dora is abuzz about the new Indian restaurant, Shiva, opening downtown. Experienced restaurateurs, Davinder (D.K.) and Vhonda Kumar, along with their partner Devendra Patel, hope to open on April 4 after incurring some delays.
Shiva will diversify Mount Dora's dining options with the bold flavors of India and feature an extensive menu of traditional Indian dishes like Butter Chicken, Paneer Makhani, Tandoori, Chicken Korma and plenty of vegetarian options. An Indian meal would not be complete without the popular naan bread and Shiva will not disappoint. Read more.
They've come a long way from their lives as architects in Camaguey, Cuba. Alberto & Grace Paneca fled to Florida in 1999 and settled into Lake County in 2002. Much like how they transformed their lives, the family turned a darkened, run-down space into a bright, thriving restaurant in downtown Mount Dora. Read more.
When it comes to electric bills, what goes up usually doesn't come down. Not true, in the City Of Mount Dora. It was announced today that utility bills for customers receiving the city’s electric service will reflect a lower Power Cost Charge (PCC) rate starting on April 1. The PCC on the customers’ electric bills recovers the actual cost of power that the city purchases from Duke Energy. Read more.
She has been a phoenix in the making for almost two decades. The century-old, Sydonie Mansion, has had its share of starts and stops in the arduous process of restoration. Today, the impressive historic estate nestled on Mount Dora's southern edge is well on her way to a rebirth.
New owners Amy & Clark Frogley are passionate about preserving the landmark's architecture and history. The couple purchased the thirteen bedroom, 10 bathroomMediterranean Revival mansion in 2014 and plans to complete the its restoration...Read more
A late-night, mano-a-mano battle will unfold in Mount Dora this later this week. Two local chefs will compete in the open kitchen of Pisces Rising during its After Hours Supper Club on Sunday, February 28th.
This culinary competition will test the cooking abilities and creativity of Casey Aldridge of Lakeside Inn in Mount Dora and Clemente Rodriguez of Mary's Kountry Kitchen in Tavares. Read more.