After somebody from West Elm saw Bump Galletta’s display at a pop-up market, the home decor retailer offered to sell caps, shirts and coffee mugs with the Lakeland artist’s fanciful drawings at all eight of its Florida stores.
What’s going to be built on the gravel parking lot between Lake Mirror and Massachusetts Avenue? Ledger reporter/editor Allison Guinn attempts to peer behind the misty gauze of persistent chatter about negotiations for the future of the city-owned “million-dollar parcel” that once housed a fire station. Nobody is going on the record, but the narrative that emerges centers on talks between the LEDC and city manager’s office for a high-rise office building anchored by Summit Holdings. The negotiations are also said to involve a parking garage on the property across Massachusetts Avenue that now holds the Terrace Hotel’s surface lot (map).
A collaboration to design LEDC’s Catapult 3.0 business incubator led to the merger of two large Lakeland architecture firms: The Lunz Group and WMB-ROI Inc. The firm, operating under the name The Lunz Group, is headed by Brad Lunz and now includes WMB-ROI’s Steve Boyington and Mike Murphey as shareholders. It has nine architects and 22 technical staff in five offices from Dunedin to Melbourne and is ranked by Tampa Bay Business Journal as the eighth largest architecture group in the bay area.
CarMax, a nationwide retailer of late-model used cars with a no-haggle approach, may open its first Polk County dealership on a now-vacant lot on U.S. 98 just south of Interstate 4.
To accommodate a car dealership, the 6.13-acre parcel at 3223 N. U.S. 98 would need to be rezoned from commercial highway use to planned unit development. Petitioner Vanessa Mesell, as Center Points Solutions, LLC, already has positive recommendations for that change from the Lakeland Planning and Zoning Board and from city staff. More
The Catapult business incubator will more than double its capacity when it moves this fall from a bank basement to a new building under construction (wall tiltup started this week) on Lake Mirror.
Publix Super Markets Inc. took top honors in the local advertising federation’s annual Addy Awards, winning best of show for a video promoting the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The American Advertising Federation Polk County chapter held its ceremony Friday at the RP Funding Center. More
Internal tension and differences over management blew up at The Poor Porker last week, and its co-founder was dismissed — prompting an online hailstorm over the weekend.
Owners Wesley and Ashley Barnett say they want to ride out the storm and keep the business going. But they will move forward without Robyn Wilson, co-founder and primary creative talent behind the popular hangout. More
Pelican’s Snoballs, a New Orleans-style shaved ice chain, is setting up shop in the South Florida Avenue building across from Southgate that used to house Crumb & Get It. Site work includes fresh paint in the corporate colors outside and new drywall inside.
Crumb & Get It, a specialty bakery, closed Dec. 31 after three years at 2510 S. Florida Ave. The owners posted on Facebook in January that they were looking for somebody to buy the name, recipe, equipment and relocate the business.
A 2,515-square-foot Starbucks is rising rapidly in the parking lot of Southgate Shopping Center. The developer has said the unfinished shell should be ready to hand over to the coffee company in April. These photos were taken at eye level from the sidewalk along South Florida Avenue a couple of evenings ago.
LkldNow posts showing these photos on Facebook and Instagram drew dozens of comments from people who either were saddened that the building blocks the view of the arch or gladdened that a larger Starbucks is replacing the crowded, parking-challenged one at Florida and Beacon.