La Imperial Bakery opened today at 830 E. Main Street under a bright yellow sign that marks the eastern approach to downtown Lakeland. Mayor Bill Mutz welcomed Executive Chef James Lazaros and Administrator Aida Lazaros during a ribbon-cutting ceremony this afternoon. The cafe/bakery is open 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays. The menu features breakfast items, fritters, sandwiches and entrees.
Plans are emerging for Mirrorton, the newly unveiled name for a high-end rental development planned for the vacant 10-acre site north of Lake Mirror and east of Lakeland Police headquarters. The company developing 305 multi-story apartments and townhouses there has released two drawings showing their vision for the community’s design. (Check the renderings after the jump.)
The building on Main Street near Florida Avenue has been vacant in recent years (see recent photos). Lohr, 83, bought it in 1967 and says a resurgence in downtown investment makes this the right time to restore his building, which downtown history experts say was built around 1925.
Explorations V Children's Museum unveiled their new First Responders exhibit yesterday – complete with a visit from a real fire truck and some of Lakeland's very own first responders! Be sure to check out the new exhibit and follow them on Facebook where you can learn about their fun upcoming events! #lkld #visitcentralfl #ylakeland
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Re-Cycled by Jarod Charzewski is the first of a dozen or so sculptures being installed by city parks workers on Lemon Street this month.
Sculptures, rotated annually, are chosen by a jury that includes representatives of the city of Lakeland, Polk Museum of Art and local artists.