Florida Back-To-School Sales Tax Holiday Returns August 2018

the Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Just in time to shop for school supplies, the Florida Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday returns from August 3-5, 2018.

During this holiday period, Florida law directs that no sales tax or local option tax (also known as discretionary sales surtax) will be collected on purchases of:

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Crossroads Shopping Center Near Disney to Close for I-4 Expansion Project

After 20 years of operation, it looks like the Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista shopping center will be closed to make way for new ramps planned for the I-4 Ultimate Expansion project.

After 20 years of operation, it looks like the Crossroads of Lake Buena Vista shopping center will be closed to make way for new ramps planned for the I-4 Ultimate Expansion project.

The Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) is currently negotiating to buy the Crossroads, according to Growth Spotter, and they have the lone appraisal of $145 million for the property.

FDOT plans to eventually reconfigure an Interstate 4 interchange at State Road 535 with a design that would require demolition of the shopping center.

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The Florida Mall Hosts ‘More Than Pink’ Spring 2018 Promotion Apr 14-20

The Florida Mall in Orlando, FL

The Florida Mall has announced its Spring 2018 More Than Pink movement in support of Susan G. Komen and the fight against breast cancer.

From April 14 to May 20, visitors to The Florida Mall will be able to participate in a variety of programs to help support Susan G. Komen, such as:

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Winn-Dixie Announces Plans to Close Some Central Florida Stores Following Bankruptcy Filing

Southeastern Grocers, the company that owns Winn-Dixie and other store brands, said that it plans to file for bankruptcy and close several Central Florida store locations.

Southeastern Grocers, the company that owns Winn-Dixie and other store brands, said that it plans to file for bankruptcy and close several Central Florida store locations.

The statement released by the company states:

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The Florida Mall to Host Easter Caring Bunny Day for Kids with Sensory Sensitivity March 11, 2018

The Florida Mall to Host Easter Caring Bunny Day for Kids with Sensory Sensitivity

On Sunday, March 11, The Florida Mall’s Caring Bunny™ event will offer families that have children with special needs a subdued environment to participate in the Bunny Photo Experience.

From 9 – 11am, many steps will be taken to reduce sensory triggers, creating a more comforting environment for children’s cherished visit with the Bunny.

The subdued environment is likely to include (specific elements or aesthetics may vary):

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Gods & Monsters Celebrates 2nd Anniversary June 17, 2017

Gods and Monsters storefront - geek shopping in Orlando

Gods & Monsters has been through a few bumps this year, but they are hosting a 2nd anniversary celebration on Saturday, June 17, 2017.

Now located at 5421 International Drive, the store will be celebrating from 11am to 10pm with sales and discounts (spin the D20 to see what you get), along with a sneak preview of their soon-to-be launched Vault 542, a post-apocalyptic craft beer bar.

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Light Up UCF Returns For 2016 Holiday Season Nov 18 – Jan 7

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, takes place at the CFE Arena at UCF

Light Up UCF, one of Orlando’s best annual holiday traditions, starts up this Friday, November 18, 2016, and runs through January 7, 2017.

During the event, the area in and around the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida is transformed into a winter wonderland with lights, holiday music and rides.

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Disney Springs Celebrates Its First Holiday Season With Fun Events

Disney Springs Celebrates Its First Holiday Season

Disney Springs is wrapped and ready for its first full season of holiday cheer, with festive décor, entertainment and holiday shopping .

Starting November 11 through January 8, 2017, all four neighborhoods – West Side, Town Center, The Landing, and the Marketplace – will be filled with holiday delight.

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Out and About: Origins Grand Opening at Disney Springs

Origins Grand Opening at Disney Springs

On October 21, skincare brand Origins held a grand opening party for their new store at Disney Springs, and CitySurfing Orlando was invited to attend.

If you follow us on Instagram, you may have already seen a few of the photos I took of this beautiful and well laid-out store. All the product lines are arranged neatly along the walls, with testers and signs explaining what the benefits are for each.

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Seminole Towne Center and Waterford Lakes Town Center Host Back-To-School Promotions

Seminole Towne Center and Waterford Lakes Town Center Arrive in Style

It’s almost time to start preparing for another year of school and Central Florida’s Seminole Towne Center and Waterford Lakes Town Center say they’ve got students covered with Back-To-School promotions.

The promotions will coincide with Florida’s Tax-free Weekend taking place August 5 – 7. Tax-free items will include clothing, footwear and bags that cost $60 or less and school supplies worth $15 or less.

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ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Starts Alcohol Delivery in Orlando Area Via Shipt July 27

ABC Fine Wine & Spirits Starts Alcohol Delivery in Orlando Area Via Shipt June 27

Shipt, one of the nation’s fastest growing on-demand delivery services, has partnered with ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, Florida’s oldest and largest independent retailer of fine wine and spirits, to start offering alcohol delivery in the Orlando area starting tomorrow, July 27, 2016.

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Kipling Celebrates Grand Opening at Disney Springs May 20-22

Kipling at Disney Springs

Kipling recently opened in the new Town Center area of Disney Springs, and will be celebrating the launch of its interactive retail space Friday, May 20 through Sunday, May 22.

The event will offer visitors refreshments, a tour of the space and each activation area, and a complimentary Kipling monkey keychain with any purchase of $100 or more while supplies last.

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Out and About: Ted Baker Now Open at Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland

A few weeks ago, fellow blogger Orlando Fashion Girl invited me to a fashion soiree at the Ted Baker store at Orlando Premium Outlets – Vineland, and I decided to go so I could let you readers know what they offered.

Ted Baker store at Orlando Premium Outlets - Vineland
I’m told the brand is one of the UK’s leading fashion retailers, with over 34 locations in the US. Of which this store is one.

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Hello Kitty Shop Opens at Universal Orlando

Universal Parks & Resorts and Sanrio have partnered together to open a Hello Kitty Shop featuring Hello Kitty and Friends at Universal Orlando.

Hello Kitty Shop Opens at Universal Orlando

The store marks both Sanrio’s and Hello Kitty’s first appearance at a theme park in North America

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New Stores to Shop at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

I’m a big fan of Artegon Marketplace, which has lots of little artisan shops selling handmade and unique items, as well as really cool anchor stores like Gods & Monsters.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

In the past few months, so many new stores, eateries, and entertainment venues have opened at Artegon Marketplace, so I thought I’d highlight a few of them for you to check out.

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