Lakeland data infrastructure firm DSM Technology Consultants has been acquired by Massachusetts-based Thrive Networks Inc. for an undisclosed sum, The Ledger reports. The acquisition will help strengthen Thrive’s offerings to state, local and educational government (SLED) agencies, the company said in a news release. David Robinson, who founded DSM 36 years ago, and COO Greg […]
The long-anticipated Biscuits and Benedicts has opened on South Florida Avenue in Dixieland following nearly three years of challenges. With brunch entrees ranging from $8.95 to $15.95, the eatery emphasizes local products from businesses like Concord Coffee, Tea Largo and Bee-Haven Honey Farm, as well as works from local artists, The Lakelander reports. Owners Troy […]
The Poor Porker announced it is closing its doors after a farewell party to make way for Unfiltered Lakeland, a “coffeehouse, marketplace, eventspace.”
Cat cafés, where adopting a feline becomes a social experience, are becoming popular in Lakeland.
CNBC features Lakeland-based photographer Grace Jicha Torres in a feature article and video titled, “This 23-year-old spent $45,000 to become a wedding photographer — now she makes $177,000 per year.” The article describes how Torres, a Southeastern University grad, applied a strong work ethic to elevate her passion for photography from a hobby to a […]
Kava bars are starting to pop up in Lakeland, providing a nightlife scene that doesn’t rely on alcohol.
The owners of a restaurant coming soon to Lakeside Village say they will specialize in gourmet brunches with a Caribbean twist. Frances Palermo, who owns several beauty-related businesses, and Lisandra Bezares, a special education coach for Polk County Public Schools, plan to open Sorrel Bistro in August and will also serve breakfast and lunch dishes.
Lakeland’s Legends Airways shifted its business model to stay aloft during the pandemic and found a formula for growth, Simple Flying reports. Legends switched from carrying charter passengers on Jetstream 31 aircraft to hauling cargo. It subsequently bought six converted Saab 340 airplanes and is considering purchasing 10 Boeing freighters. Source: Simply Flying
Draken International plans to lay off 100 employees at its headquarters at Lakeland Linder International Airport beginning May 24, the company said in a document filed with the state of Florida. The job cuts resulted from the U.S. Air Force not renewing a $280 million contract for adversary air services at Nellis Air Force Base […]
Around 1,200 people live in downtown Lakeland and there will be 7,000 people who work there by Friday when Summit Consulting employees finish moving into their new eight-story, $50-million headquarters on Massachusetts Avenue.