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Cloak & Dapper to Open Store in Orlando

Our friends over at Cloak & Dapper are finally opening a store. A real store! Like, you can go in and shop.

Here’s a little tease they posted on their Instagram not too long ago:

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“Front Door Eye-candy”

And just yesterday this:

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We’re really proud and happy for them. It’s been fun to watch their growth, contribution, and recognition within the Central Florida community. Remember this profile we did last year?

Can’t wait to pay the new store in Ivanhoe Village a visit soon!

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#myCFLview

This past weekend we published an Instagram post (inspired by the beautiful weather) charging our fellow Central Floridians to “show us their view” with the hashtag #myCFLview – whether it’s enjoying the amazing weather, hitting up events, going places, etc. We got a few great pics and wanted to share them (with owner permission, of course).

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If you’ve got a great view you’d like to share with us, post using the hashtag #myCFLview to Instagram, Twitter, or Facebook. Can’t wait to see what you’ve got….

The Creative City Project

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The arts community has really been increasing in Central Florida and we’re completely loving it. With new developments happening quite quickly all over the region, hopefully the offerings and community will only continue to grow.

Enter The Creative City Project:

The Creative City Project is birthed out of the belief that artists can change a city for the better by making it a more beautiful, meaningful and interesting place to live. We are a collective of artists, who seek to create shared experiences between artists and people who live, work, play in and visit Orlando. We see the blank spaces in our city – whether the wall of a building, a street corner or a public park – as canvases for creation. Some of our works only exist for the moment they are performed, and some live on as permanent contributions.”

We’re already intrigued. For some reason, this hasn’t previously been on our radar. But fortunately it now is.

There’s an incredibly wide array of artists, artistic outlets, expressions, and interpretations that can be found in several locations sprinkled throughout the downtown Orlando area. Music, dance, etc. Interested in finding out more? Full details can be found at CreativeCityProject.com.

One we found particularly interesting is the Coby Project, an improvisational dance team that creates their movements based on audience suggestions and submissions. Check this out:



If you are interested in possibly seeing or participating in any of these be sure to jump on it. The Creative City Project is this Friday night, 10/25.

What are your thoughts on the ever-growing Central Florida arts Community?

Central Florida Life on Instagram

More of Central Florida seen through the Instagram lens. Enjoy (and if you know where any of these places are, chime in)!

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Central Florida Life on Instagram

Central Florida has many great “photo opps.” Sometimes ya gotta look for them, often they find you (you just have to be ready). And when we are ready we try to capture them on Instagram. While some of these great photos make their way into our posts, they mostly don’t warrant a full blog post, so we Instashare them.

For these, we thought it’d be fun to start a little series called “Central Florida Life on Instagram,” where from time-to-time we’ll feature various photos caught over a week or two. Here’s the first…we hope you enjoy!

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Know where any of this were snapped? We’d love to hear it – let’s make this interactive. And if you’re on Instagram yourself and aren’t yet following us, and would like to, feel free at Instagram.com/PulseofCFL (handle @PulseofCFL on the App).

People Pulse: Calvin Cearley

Calvin IQ: In case you’re not familiar with our series, we always like to begin by having our “spotlight” share something about themselves. What’s a fun fact we should know about you?
A: I used to play guitar and sing in a band in Boston in the early 2000s and played a little around Orlando a few years back. You never heard of it… so I won’t mention it 😉

Q: I’ve known you for several years now, but have no idea if you’re a native Central Floridian, or like so many other residents, a transplant. Which is it?
A: I’m originally from south Fla, lived in Boston for a few years… then made my way to Orlando in 2006 and have been here since.

Q: Your newest venture, Cloak & Dapper, is one of the main reasons I wanted to feature you on our site. An online general store for gentlemen, from what I can initially tell it is a labor of love. How did the concept come about?
A: Well, I knew about a year ago that I wanted to created something orginal and with “taste…” And one day it just clicked… like a hindsight is 20/20 moment for me. I thought… if I were to go out and create a company what in the world would it be? And I thought to myself what am I even qualified to do… Based on the experience I had in my wheelhouse (retail, hospitality, finance and marketing) I realized it had to be a store – which was great news because that’s also what I WANTED to do. So I knew it would be a men’s store and that I wanted to offer a simplified shopping alternative for men… the type of place where the browsing was done for you already and a man could just show up and grab the items he wanted in that moment.. abnd not actually have to “shop” for them. Once this idea came about… I realized it was like a revitalizing of the ole one-stop-shop mentality…. Or GENERAL STORE. On top of all that I wanted to be as true to the conceptual elements as possible.. and carrying exclusively only MADE IN USA goods was the next no-brainer right step. Once this big idea was solidified.. then the true laboring of love took place. And still does. Everyday ☺

Q: One of the things I really like about this site, and the product, is everything is produced in the United States. Why did you feel that’s an important angle and service to provide customers?
A: It’s something that appeals to the modern red-blooded gentleman male… knowing that the item I’m wearing or purchasing was handcrafted by top artisans in their industry… right here in the USA… It’s a badge of honor in not only supporting manufacturing on our side of the pond.. but also knowing the quality of the product… it was made with care, in limited runs, it will be a unique item that not every other man will be wearing. You ever go out one night and run in to a few other guys wearing the same cologne or jeans or shirt or shoes as you? It happens a lot for men because there are less buying options for us. Men all go to/shop at the mall, the Gap or Jcrew, etc.. and even though they have great looks sometimes.. they’re mass-produced and its obvious from the look and feel of the pieces. Sure, eventually there will be more Cloak & Dapper customers and similar items will be worn out on the town… but I imagine when that happens it will be more of a mutual respect… or high five moment.. than an embarrassing one.

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KINGS Bowl Looking to Hire

We’re all about sharing relevant Central Florida news and information with our readers, so when this recently came our way–and given the often current struggles with our economy–we knew we had to post.

Looking For Employment?

KINGS Bowl, the Boston-based, dining, bowling and entertainment venue that pioneered the “boutique bowling” revolution in 2003, is scheduled to open its first Florida location in April 2013 in the “I-Drive Live” project on Orlando’s world-famous corridor, International Drive. Information can be found below. Applications can also be downloaded in advance at KINGS’ Facebook page and information found on Twitter/Kings_Orlando.

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Thanks to our friend Jennifer Bisbee for sharing this information with us. If you’re a job seeker and end-up getting hired as a result of this posting we’d love to hear about (no affiliate benefits here for us).

And I’m sure once this place opens later in the Spring we’ll be sure to check-it-out and give you all the 411.

BRINK Magazine 2013 Calendar

We’ve been supporters of Central Florida arts/entertainment/culture magazine BRINK pretty much since the beginning (and they’ve been big supporters of ours as well). Great content, and the folks at the helm are pretty rad. So we’re happy to share with you all that the BRINK 2013 calendar is currently available for sale here. Why not support this fantastic local project for simply $4.99? (There’s also a free digital version, if you prefer, but why not shell-out the cash?!)

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BRINK Magazine 2013 Calendar

Additional information can be found and purchases made here.

Back-to-School: Fashion for Everyone

 

Our favorite local fashionista and style expert J, from J’s Everyday Fashion, will present a style seminar on how you can get back to school and work in style!

This free, 60-minute seminar will present women with tons of tips for tackling the question “what do I wear?” each morning, including strategies for cleaning out your closet, setting a budget, shopping smart, and creating outfits.

There will also be time for Q&A.

The event is Saturday, August 18, at 12 p.m. at the Orange County Library in Downtown Orlando.

For more information, check out the event on Facebook, visit J’s blog or Facebook page, or head over to the Orange County Library page.

Rest in Peace, Mark Wayne

Wow. Sad day for Central Florida. Remember back in 2008 when I blogged about how great the Red Fox Lounge was?

You know what made it great? Mark & Lorna. The Orlando Sentinel today reports one-half of the famous duo has passed after suffering a heart attack.

Our thoughts to Lorna and those close to the beloved performer.

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