Cagan’s Crossing – Clermont, Florida

Opposite Walmart and Lowe’s on the US27 heading North, you will find Cagan’s Crossing Town Centre.

When we last called it was quiet and not all the retail units were filled, however, there are only 2 units remaining available now and with the new Cat Cafe just opening yesterday (yes you read that right) maybe now is the time to go and check it out.

There is ample free parking in and around the Town Centre and some useful facilities like the Community Library, Metro PCS, United Postal Xpress, South Lake Dental, LeNoir Beauty Salon, Tiffany Nails & Spa, Cute and Fluffy Pet Grooming, Plane Computers and the N.V Pharmacy.

For food options there is the I Love New York Pizza and Pasta, Gator’s Dockside Bar and Grill, Noodles Cafe & Bistro, Simka’s Sweets Ice Cream and Sweet Shop, Sarah’s Greek Cuisine and More, Señor Tequila Mexican Restaurant and the Orlando Cat Cafe.

Every Friday from September through May there is a Farmers’ Market from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.  The Market is a great place to shop for local produce, specialty jams and jellies, artisan breads and other fresh baked goods, and homemade gifts.  With musicians and other entertainers you can bop while you shop!

You can also donate to the Well of Hope while attending the Market – this is a local food bank which helps around 2,900 families in the Four Corners area – they accept non-perishable food items at the Information Booth.




Sign Sunday – Lake Eola Pak


Winter Park – Orlando

Taking Exit 87 off the I4 and head along Fairbanks Avenue to the Orlando suburb Winter Park.  It has some excellent independent shops as well as some chains, nice bars and some wonderful restaurants.  Add to that some museums and an entertaining boat ride and you have a good half/full day of fun away from the Theme Parks.

Heading along Park Avenue you will see plenty of shops, trendy wine bars and restaurants.  Some of our favourite stops include Alex and Ani – which is an American brand jewellery store which specialises in eco-friendly handcrafted expandable bangles, chain necklaces & rings, Peterbrooke Chocolatier and the Ancient Olive.  My partner also likes to visit Performance Bicycle which is actually over by the Winter Park Village shops.

Restaurant wise we have tried a few a couple of favourites being Luma on Park, Park Plaza Gardens and Prato (best pizza in Orlando?).

Winter Park Scenic Boat Tour will show you the wealthiest sections of Winter Park – running since 1938 it’s part nature tour and part local history lesson – always entertaining.  It can get very hot so make sure you bring a hat and some water.  It departs from Morse Street which is about 15 mins walk from Park Avenue.

On Saturday mornings the Winter Park Farmers’ Market is more of a social gathering than a serious farmers market with dirty vegetables!  Good fun though and worth a visit it does sell vegetables as well as potted plants, preserves, baked goods and fast food.