On a recent visit to downtown Kissimmee with friends, I discovered a cute little shop called Awakened Auras Co. that offers crystals and other metaphysical arts items for sale.
On a recent weekend exploring downtown Kissimmee with friends, we happened upon Limbhelados, which serves up Puerto Rican frozen desserts called Limber.
Now that the weather has turned cooler and we’re looking right squarely at the Christmas shopping season just on the horizon, it seems the right time for downtown Kissimmee to play host to another festival.
The city will do just that the weekend of November 19 and 20, 2011, with the Downtown Kissimmee Arts, Crafts and Antiques Festival.
The event will run from 9am to 4pm each day and feature live music, street painting, gourmet food trucks & vendors (so far The Flattery, C&S Brisket Bus and the Gastro Truck have confirmed they will be there), and over 70 artists and craft makers selling their wares. Many of Kissimmee’s downtown stores will be holding sidewalk sales, as well.
There will also be guided sculpture tours at 10am and 1pm, along with guided historic walking tours of downtown Kissimmee.
This free event is family friendly, making it a great way to spend the day.
The night before, on Friday, November 18, Kissimmee will also hold their monthly Flicks on the Bricks event, with this month’s theme being football. Come on down for free family games and a showing of the kid-friendly flick, Little Giants. The event has been moved to Mill Run Park for the month (corner of Mill Run Blvd and Mill Slough Road). The event starts at 6pm.
Looking for a laid-back wine bar to chill out with friends in the Kissimmee area? Then you’ll want to check out Vintage Vino, located in downtown Kissimmee.
Vintage Vino is a Tuscan-themed bar where you can enjoy a broad selection of wines by the glass. The wine bar offers over 50 different wines to enjoy.
For those who prefer hops to grapes, the bar also offers 35 craft beers. And so you don’t drink on an empty stomach, they also serve an assortment of cheeses and cured meats.
Like what you drink and eat? Everything the bar serves is available for take-home purchase in the retail market area. They also offer wine classes. Owner John Siudut is a former writer for Wine Spectator magazine, so they know their vintages.
Hours are Tuesday through Saturday from 4pm to midnight. Weekends usually have live jazz. Check the online schedule for details.
Vintage Vino can be found at 14 E. Dakin Ave in Kissimmee. Phone is 917-627-8432.
Sunrise Deli & Gourmet Foods is a new place to grab some food in downtown Kissimmee.
Chef Lawrence Terlik and his staff make hoagies, wraps, salads and sandwiches, along with daily specials. I haven’t seen a menu, so I don’t know the prices. I have heard that Florida residents get a discount off orders of $5 or more.
They also have a gourmet store section, where the shelves are lined with old family recipes that they sell.
Sunrise Deli is located at 115 E. Monument Ave in the historical district. It’s about two blocks from Lake Toho, so stop in a pick up some goodies for a picnic by the lake.
Hours are Monday through Saturday 9:30am to 6pm and Sundays 10am to 2pm. For more info, call 407-846-2377.