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ON THE COVER After three years in business, Born &Bread Bakehouse has taken strong strides and made a global impact. Photo by Tina Sargeant

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58 • SHELTER

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An Interview with Mayor Bill Mutz

The Historic Home Tour

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BEGIN AGAIN I never quite understood the symptoms of Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) that New Englanders would often complain about. As one who never minded cold, gloomy (odd, yes, I know) days, the psychological effects of weather always seemed like a rather lame excuse to me, the idea that somehow

LIVING IN CONSISTENTLY SUNNY FLORIDA, IF ANYTHING IT SHOULD MEAN THAT WE HAVE FEWER EXCUSES FOR ANY LACK OF SELFMOTIVATION. weather could have a deep, soul-invading impact on a person’s sense of purpose, energy, and hope. Instead, the cold, cloudy, rainy Boston weather had a strange way of reviving me.

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But many psychologists prove me wrong. SAD, caused by prolonged winters and dark skies, does indeed exist. Of course, living in consistently sunny Florida, if anything it should mean that we have fewer excuses for any lack of selfmotivation. Though, somehow, we can still sense when winter ends and spring arrives. In many ways, spring presents some kind of opportunity to start over. To begin anew. Maybe it’s the semester cycle ingrained in us from early childhood on to young adult life that makes the notion hard to shake off. Or maybe it’s simply something in the air. English moral philosopher Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams once said, “The day the Lord created hope was probably the same day he created spring.” I guess maybe weather does have a way of fueling one with purpose after all.


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C O N T R I B U T O R S THE WRITERS AND PHOTOGRAPHERS THAT MAKE THE LAKELANDER

TINA SARGEANT

DUSTIN BARROW

Tina Sargeant has been professionally capturing the moments, events, and people of our region for the last seven years and photographing for The Lakelander since issue one. Tina’s photography is driven by the ability to suspend time and create emotion, and her work embodies a passion for anthropology — people, culture, and stories.

Dustin is a Louisiana native now living in Central Florida and working as a graphic designer and photographer. He enjoys spending time with his family and connecting with other creatives. Instagram: @dustin.barrow

Do you remember your first photoshoot? I do! My first-ever photoshoot was an engagement session that I shot for a couple in Winter Park. They were so sweet, and I was so happy with how it turned out. It set a good stage for the path ahead of me. When did you discover photography was the skill you wanted to focus on? I first became interested in photography while in college, but the desire to learn to shoot really picked up during a summer internship working for a magazine in Romania. When I got back, I started teaching journalism in Tallahassee and was issued my first DSLR camera from the school. That was all I needed to convince me that photography was going to be my future. As a former editor/director of photography for The Lakelander, you’ve had a considerable hand in bringing this magazine to where it is today. What were some of your most memorable shoots during those years? My first shoot for The Lakelander will always be one of my personal favorites. We shot bees at a local apiary, and it was not only one of the most fascinating subjects, but it was one of my first times seeing my work (other than wedding work) in print.

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I also recall a day as editor that we had two rather involved styled shoots happening simultaneously at two different locations, so here I was with one shoot happening in the alley beside my house and a giant decorative Indian cart piled high with Indian cuisine in my driveway, and I kept having to leave to check in on the other shoot as well … good thing my neighbors all love the magazine, and Indian food! You’ve opened your own studio, Refine Studio, which has become an asset for many photographers downtown, including The Lakelander. What inspired you to open this? Honestly, it was time to get my lighting gear out of my dining room! I first started looking at storage spaces, but I happened upon the perfect spot and just knew it was time to make it happen. Where are your go-to spots in Lakeland? My husband and I met at Mitchell’s Coffee House 18 years ago, so that will always be a staple in our house. Also, our family loves attending and serving at Access Church. Our favorite food spot in town is definitely Cafe Zuppina. And we frequent several of the amazing playgrounds with our kids. Lakeland really does have the best playgrounds! For more on Tina’s work, visit tinasargeant.com.

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ROBYN WILSON Robyn Wilson is the owner and founder of 801 East Main, a beignet business based on the simple fact that you really can do anything you want when you work hard at it. thepoorporker.com

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Cyclical Contentment It’s the season for spring cleaning, fresh starts, new things, but maybe not all the things...

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here’s something about spring that screams new life to many of us. While it may be more evident north of Central Florida, watching the snow melt off dead trees and blossoming green again, it explains the innate urge we have for new things come this season. It’s an appropriate time to be out with the old and in with the new. Spring is often regarded as the season for new life, new moments, which yes, in the consumerized American culture often translates to … buying more things. From a commerce standpoint, this mostly means new spring clothes. (Though, realistically, for those of us in Florida, weather in April and May doesn’t vary much from 85-degree days in November.) Whether or not snow ever hits us and more clearly distinguishes spring’s arrival, we live life through courses of seasons. And we easily accept and function in the cycles of seasons that life presents us: 12 hours around the clock, 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week, 12 months a year, though we also seem to adapt to new routines presented to us when necessary (such as earlier wakeup calls for a new job or later

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hours for that MBA). And sometimes we adapt when it’s not so necessary. Last summer, CNBC reported millennials are spending more on comforts and conveniences than previous generations. New trends in spending appear to be the result of new needs: “Sixty percent of millennials admit to spending more than $4 on coffee, 79 percent will splurge to eat at the hot restaurant in town, and 69 percent buy clothes they don’t necessarily need. The numbers are much lower in these categories for older generations. For instance, more than half of millennials shell out money for taxis and Ubers, compared to 29 percent of Gen Xers and 15 percent of boomers.” Although millennial habits have rubbed off on more than just their own generation, it has certainly set a new standard for yearly spending, for seasonal contentment, and for what qualifies as basic human needs, per se. Coincidentally, the majority of these now basic (or not-so-basic) needs has a direct impact on our budgets and our spending. Then again, taking a look at some cycles, or rather needs, often advertised and presented to us, it could be vice versa. It’s just hard to say if the chicken or the egg came first. With the now monstrous machine of fast fashion (think the likes of H&M, Zara, and Forever 21), the cycle of fashion seasons have sped up to what could be considered a new norm. High-end runway fashion seasons have long been divided into four seasons: Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter, Resort, and Pre-Fall season (Spring/Summer, Fall/Winter once the only mainstream seasons to make us consider a closet rehaul). In fast fashion, manufacturers run on a 52 micro-season cycle and in the meantime have created, dare we say, a new need for some of us (or so we think). Ironically, these manufacturers work to propel this sense of need by catering to the millennials’ mindful search for sustainable clothing and ethical shopping, with brands like H&M creating lines of micro-seasonal styles aptly named the “Conscious Collection.” Though the colossal forces of fast fashion may be just be one of many influences that can create an unnecessary need in us, it would likely be in our human nature to go looking for other new things, regardless. But could it be possible to start anew, for life to feel fresh and revived without those new Nike Airs? Instead of allowing so many cultural and consumer-driven forces to dictate our needs, and therefore the concept of starting fresh, and inevitably our concept of contentment, maybe instead we could begin to think differently, pick up a new book, strike up a new conversation, or actually listen to a barista after routinely asking them, “How are you?” Craving something new is natural, maybe even a vital component to our human nature. The Lion King has always been good at reminding us, “It’s the Circle of Life.” Though whatever need for newness it could be, it may run a tad deeper than the outer layer, which we are so readily to assume and cover up with something new.

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LA IMPERIAL BAKERY Family owned and operated, this new bakery at 830 E. Main Street offers fresh bread and pastries daily, along with a breakfast and lunch menu inspired by Puerto Rican and Cuban cuisine. imperiallakeland.com

5th and Hall Moves to Downtown The “new” space will feature modern design elements to the historic building while preserving some of the original architectural features.

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ver three years ago, 5th and Hall began with a simple pop-up shop in Black & Brew. Following that success, owners Abdiel Gonzalez and Kristy Scott opened their own storefront in Dixieland back in 2016. Since then, the brand has made several strides, expanding its line of name brands, hosting clothing designers from across the state, all while keeping Lakelanders’ style freshly up to date. Recently, Scott and Gonzalez announced 5th and Hall is moving to downtown Lakeland at 117 South Kentucky Avenue, thereby creating a new experience for customers. The store will continue the same aesthetic but with many new and exciting developments added “THE IDEA IS TO CREATE to the mix. The projected mid-April opening will be A FULL-SERVICE STYLING announced via social media and their website. The “new” space will feature modern design DESTINATION WHERE elements to the historic building while preserving CUSTOMERS CAN BUY some of the original architectural features. It’s a EXCLUSIVE APPAREL AND perfect location, offering easier access to customers. In addition, the 950 square feet of the minimalist ACCESSORIES, HAVE THEIR retail space will be shared with Reborn Blow Dry HAIR STYLED AND MAKEUP Bar and Barber which currently is located in North DONE. A HEAD-TO-TOE Lakeland. Owner Jason Oliveras and his colleagues will make the move to the downtown location with a LOOK IN ONE STOP.” fresh rebrand of the company as well. – Abdiel Gonzalez

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BURGERIM A burger joint that gives customers the opportunity to craft their very own burger. Four patties, two buns, eight buns, all ketchup, no ketchup — it’s your choice. Burgerim will be located in the newly developed Maryoma Plaza on South Florida Avenue. Maryoma Plaza on South Florida Avenue.

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Greenwise Market Comes To Lakeland Publix’s newest addition in the works offers the organic brands and fresh, whole foods the city has long been craving

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Publix Super Markets Inc. has announced a three-store expansion of its GreenWise Market, with plans to open one location in Lakeland. Its first expansion since the Lakeland-based chain introduced GreenWise stores in 2007, it steps up to the health food market at an interesting time, with Amazon’s recent purchase of Whole Foods. “This is not your typical grocery store,” notes Brian West, Publix’s Media Communications and Relations Manager, “and sometimes you may not

A TRUE DOG LEG ON CLEVELAND HEIGHTS GOLF COURSE A beautifully shaded area on the corner of Cleveland Heights Golf Course is now home to a three-acre dog park. Dog Leg Woods officially opened on March 10, and furry four-legged friends across Lakeland can now take advantage of its many amenities, including a long green for playing catch, and a washing station.

even go there to shop for groceries. You’ll find exciting new local craft beers and kombucha on tap in POURS, or you can order a wine flight and lounge in the mezzanine area with friends.” Plans are for the new store to open on South Florida Avenue in a building previously owned by Kmart, across from Publix at Lake Miriam Plaza. The other GreenWise locations are set to be in Tallahassee, with plans to open in September, and in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, opening in January of

LAKELAND ARTISTS ON SPOTIFY Aaron Marsh (musician, singer, songwriter of the band Copeland, and local record producer) created this Spotify playlist featuring Lakeland artists only, with the finest selection from across the Swan City music community.

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next year. “Our GreenWise brand products, and many other popular natural and organic items, will be available at both GreenWise Market and Publix,” says West. “However, not all products found in GreenWise Market will be available at your neighboring Publix.” GreenWise Market will also be available for customers to shop online at instacart.com. The opening date of the Lakeland location is still to be determined.


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The Value Of An Internship You know you need it. You may be avoiding it. And, frankly, it may scare you. But there’s no better time than now to start an internship. Summer is nearing and you’re ready for the relief that comes with the academic hiatus. Yet, all you keep hearing is summer internship. You’re overwhelmed with coursework and co-curriculars, and you can’t imagine adding another responsibility to your already-busy schedule. So, is an internship really that necessary? Internships offer invaluable opportunities. They provide hands-on experience, giving you a realistic glimpse into your desired profession while gaining relevant experience, knowledge, and skills. All of this will better equip you for your future career. It will also help you determine if this is a career you can honestly see yourself in full-time. But, like most things in life, what you get out of it will be determined by what you put into it — advice that matters during your actual internship season, but also for while you’re in the process of applying for them, too. So, here are a few tips to help you land that summer internship.

1 BE PROACTIVE IN THE SEARCH In most cases, the ideal internship won’t find you. You need to go out there and find it. Being proactive on the internship search can better equip you to intentionally look for positions that will prepare you for your professional career (never mind simply the professional world). Be sure to have a clear idea of your values and career goals, and take the time to look through the same for the organizations you’re applying to, to see if it is truly a good fit on both ends. Most colleges and universities have career offices filled with invaluable resources to better connect you with internship opportunities. Set up a meeting with a career counselor in these offices, or attend a career fair which is usually filled with local organizations looking to connect with young talent in the area.

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2 MAKE YOUR BEST SELF SHINE … ON PAPER (AND EVEN ON YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA)

Your resume, cover letter, and portfolio are each a chance to show off who you are. More often than not, these documents will be your first impression. So, be sure to actually put in the time to truly reflect your best here. On your resume, list relevant work experience, education, and accomplishments that prove why you’re qualified for this position. Your cover letter is your chance to highlight your ability to give a written presentation. A portfolio is your way to truly quantify what you have shared in both your resume and cover letter; it should reflect samples of your best work. You might be thinking, I don’t have any experience yet; that’s why I’m applying for an internship. All these documents not only highlight your credentials, but also show your attention to detail and personality. So be sure to double check all these documents: proofread for grammatical errors, check inaccuracies, and be sure to list all relevant experience. And don’t underestimate the power of social media in the realm of your future profession. Employers care about how you present yourself on your Instagram or the vents you’re quick to boast on Twitter. In some cases, your social media can make or break your chance at an internship.

3 ACE THE INTERVIEW; OWN YOUR ELEVATOR PITCH So, you landed the interview. Congrats! Interviews can be terrifying. But they don’t have to be with the proper preparation. There are plenty of resources out there with mock interview questions that you should utilize (maybe make another trip back to that career office and ask if they have any of these available, too). Preparing an elevator pitch will also help alleviate interview anxiety. This is a 30- to 60-second speech (the time it takes to ride an elevator, hence the name) that highlights your background and experience. This should be a brief and persuasive speech. Done right, this can become one of the most compelling tools for landing your internship. Above all else, be confident. It says a lot about you that you made it this far in the internship application process!

4 DRESS THE PART For the same reason you want to put the time and effort into your resume, you also want to put the same effort into your appearance the day of your interview. Making a great first impression is important. Your attire can help you come across as polished, professional, and attentive — attributes employers are looking for. Of course, every company is different. So, do some research and find out the company’s dress code. Either way, you’re better off arriving to an interview overdressed than underdressed; so, plan on dressing slightly nicer than the employees for the interview.

5 BE INTENTIONAL AND FOLLOW UP You should always follow up after an interview. This could be as simple as an email, although handwritten letters show another level of intentionality. This is a brief letter simply thanking the employer for the opportunity to interview. Following up with a thank-you letter reflects your good manners while also keeping your name at the forefront of the hiring process.

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Parade Of Homes On the house hunt? Get inspired by taking in the recent winning works of local homebuilders and check out the annual Spring Parade of Homes. The Polk County Builders Association (PCBA) is hosting its annual Spring Parade of Homes, a two-weekend event highlighting the member builders’ works. Winners are selected by a panel of judges, and builders are judged on best overall quality and best exterior. The Parade of Homes, an event started by the PCBA, takes place on April 21-22 and April 28-29. (Remodelers on Parade one weekend only, April 21-22.)

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This year, TEDxPolkStateCollege, a community version of the popular TED Talks program, will feature 15 presenters, from young students, artists, business owners, and other professionals. For more information visit:

Winning their last six games, the Lakeland Magic team heads to the playoffs. This is the Lakeland Magic’s first year as an established team in the NBA’s G League. Follow their game schedule at: lakeland.gleague.nba.com.

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What Mom Really Wants This Mother’s Day Not Your Average Mother’s Day Gifts Flowers and chocolates are great, but this Mother’s Day let’s add a new level of thoughtfulness to these classic gifts. Most moms don’t ask for much, so putting in the extra effort and intentionality to get her a gift she truly wants will make her feel extra special this Mother’s Day.

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Sometimes moms just need a break from being Mom. Sending her off to a mini spa day is the perfect way for her to truly destress and rest. Take advantage of these local spots to gift her a few hours of pure relaxation.

Freshly cut flowers are a Mother’s Day staple. For the mom who may always receive a bundle of roses on special occasions, kick this classic gift up a notch and surprise her with a fresh and vibrant arrangement of less traditional flowers.

For the mom who is always whipping up hot meals for the family, take her out and gift her a unique culinary experience. Or perhaps give her a gift from one of her favorite local bakehouses that she can treasure all year long (and remind her that the blissful indulgence of a Saturday cruffin is no work for her other than waiting in line).

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Instead of another gym class, maybe add a little game action to your spring routine. Check out the many local teams you can easily join, and revisit the simplicity of sports and just playing.

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Maybe you’re a natural-born athlete, or maybe not. Maybe you have a competitive streak, or maybe not. Either way, now is the time to get off of the sidelines and join the game. At a young age, we may have been involved in organized sports for an array of reasons: to get active, stay healthy, and engage socially. The same reasons may have drawn us to continue engaging in sports during our high school and postgrad years as well. Sports provide a space for us to connect in a fun and social

environment, and these benefits continue long past our youth. So, are you ready to play like a kid again? Perhaps relive the glory days of collegiate sports? Thanks to organized leagues from the City of Lakeland, we can still get outside, stay active, and have a lot of fun. Adult intramural and recreational sports

expand the reach of those aspiring toward lifelong fitness goals all the while building a multi-generational sense of community. The City of Lakeland has a diverse range of league offerings. From kickball to rugby, there’s a sport waiting for you. Here’s what you need to know about Lakeland’s intramurals and rec leagues.

SOFTBALL Kelly Recreation Center hosts a softball league throughout the year at its facility. Available during the spring, fall, and summer, men and women are invited to join a team for these 10week seasonal games. WHERE: Kelly Recreation Center WHEN: Mens - Mon. or Thurs.; Co-ed - Tues. WHO: Men and Co-ed teams FREQUENCY: Once a week for 10 weeks COSTS: $425 for fall/spring; $400 for summer

BASKETBALL Want to play like the Lakeland Magic? Well, here’s a place to start: Kelly Recreation Center hosts teams for the spring season. WHERE: Kelly Recreation Center WHEN: Thursday nights WHO: Co-ed teams FREQUENCY: Once a week for 10 weeks COSTS: $350

RUGBY As rugby continues to grow in worldwide popularity, it is certainly on the rise in Lakeland, too. The Lakeland Lancers Rugby Club is a newly established team here in town. For more information on how to join, contact JD Arbuckle. CONTACT: JD@SMARTINBOUND.COM | 612.206.4320

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KICKBALL Those truly looking to relive their childhood, Kelly Recreation Center hosts a co-ed kickball team. Available during the spring and fall seasons. WHERE: Kelly Recreation Center WHEN: Typically Wednesday nights WHO: Co-ed teams FREQUENCY: Once a week per 10-week seasons COSTS: $250

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Mayor Mutz and the Master Plan The Downtown Master Plan has become a top priority for Mutz to launch a fresh vision for the city.

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Several issues ago, we covered the unique dynamics of last year’s city elections. Among a strong pull for Strong Mayor, which was overturned, the city appeared a little more alive and vocal throughout campaign season. Winning the race for mayor, Lakeland welcomed Bill Mutz to the role. Long an impactful member of the community, a strong voice in the city, as well as a successful businessman, husband, and father of 12, he seemed the ideal candidate from the start. As we’ve done with each new mayor, we introduce you to Bill Mutz who has stepped into the role eager to lead the city to a brighter future but prepared to pause at the beginning of his term, ready to listen, and to see the real needs of the city. Strong Mayor or not, as far as we can see, this mayor is off to a strong lead.

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Like everything in Bill Mutz’s life, deciding to run for mayor of Lakeland came down to two things: God, and Mutz’s wife, Pam. Several years ago, then-Mayor Howard Wiggs approached Mutz about running. Though Mutz had served the city for many years through non-profits, committees, CRAs, and other organizations, he had never considered running for a government position and had no interest in getting involved in politics. He relayed the encounter to Pam, who, about eight months later, came home from her devotion time and asked, “Are you praying about running for mayor at all?” “No, I’m not praying about running for mayor at all,” replied Mutz. “I just think you should,” said Pam, “because I’ve been praying about it, and I really think I’m fine with it if you want to run.” With that, Mutz did start to pray about it, at least to open his heart to it, and once he did, he was able to be more receptive to the possibility. But doubts still remained, and Mutz decided that he wanted someone else to talk to about it. That encounter came shortly after, when he was invited to a lunch with some business people who came with a request: that he would think about running for mayor. With Pam and his friends in the business community supporting him, his candidacy was a done deal, and the campaign was underway. “Having the support of people during the campaign, spending time campaigning across the city I already love, getting to love it even more in that process as I got to see neighborhoods whose problems and challenges are so different, and always have with it their champions — people who care, people who are world-changers in their own neighborhoods across the city — made me love it even further,” says Mutz. In his office overlooking Lake Mirror, Mutz reflects on his first months as mayor. “For me, today, the fact that I can serve in this capacity and have the opportunity to help move the city to the next level is an unbelievable privilege. I can’t tell you how much it’s just a sweet spot of what my life experiences have been: the combination of business experiences, love for people, lots of not-for-profit work, construction and home issues that exist, working with homeless, working with men in ministry, those things all kind of come together to make it really exciting. If you ask me what my biggest delight has been in it all, it has been that the quality of the people in the city, the effectiveness of processes — it’s well-run.” The people who work for the city are an especially important part for Mutz. “My relationship with [City Manager] Tony Delgado is wonderful. The


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“We have to be a city that embraces creative talent, really is an easy city for new startups to grow within, embraces technology, makes millennials at home, is as sophisticated as necessary, and as homey as possible.” Millennials and colleges are a key focus for Mutz. Continuing the former Mayor Wiggs’ works and initiatives on the College Presidents’ Roundtable, Mutz meets with all local college presidents to see how to best meet the needs of the students within the community.

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“I believe this commission will be remembered for caring about people, having a lof of compassion, and caring about the whole community.”

commissioners I have the privilege of serving with — I’m so excited about each and every one of them and what they bring to bear, and I really believe we will be effective policy makers and will do it with efficiency and thoroughness. And that’s the goal; you need to do both. You can run fast and be wrong, but you want to be sure you vet things well and then move on with what you know you need to do. Sometimes we need to make decisions because our resources are limited or we have some other type of constraints, and it’s not what we most would like to do, but it is the most necessary decision to make for the health of the city. And I think we have a commission well-equipped to accomplish that.” Mutz also has a great appreciation and respect for Police Chief Larry Giddens who he describes as “wonderfully transparent, honest, and practical,” and Fire Chief Douglas Riley who he describes as “a team-building-, care-about-his-people-, heart-forothers-and-the-Lord person.” Mutz’s biggest surprise during his first months in office has been how fast the days go with a calendar being fed by others. While he has always kept a full schedule and worked 10- to 12-hour days, he’s had to learn how to develop a cadence and balance now that lots of people from different arenas are filling his calendar. His goal is to be as available as possible while still having enough time to work on issues that are pressing. A great delight of his new role is working

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downtown. “I really love being downtown,” he says. “You can walk out the door and go to lunch. You can get to things so quickly; even if you have to drive, nothing’s very far away. That is great.” The Downtown Master Plan has become one of his high priorities, and Mutz is looking forward to working on that once the next Community Development Director is in place. With it, he hopes to look at how we can maximize use of the downtown footprint for the next decade. “We really are at a pivotal point in terms of the growth we are going to see. We are a city that can really celebrate its own uniqueness. We don’t have to be like Tampa. We don’t have to be like Orlando. We have to be a city that embraces creative talent, is an easy city for new startups to grow within, embraces technology, makes millennials at home, is as sophisticated as necessary, and as homey as possible.” While there have been no big surprises for Mutz in the area of policy, he has determined that the city needs to develop “the ability to do things more quickly. Because opportunities and windows that can be seized can be really short, we need to be really good at seizing those windows as quickly as possible, and I think we have an opportunity to improve our speed. I believe this commission will be remembered for caring about people, having a lot of compassion, and caring about the whole community.” One way he sees this coming into play is the One Lakeland Initiative which will develop “mentors across quadrants of our city to help young people have hope, dreams, and grow, and to find people who want to be involved in the process, because what we can do that is unique for a lot of cities is that this city cares about people. It is a philanthropic city. It’s a city that has a lot of people working together. That fertile ground could be multiplied into a set focus of initiatives that helps make us unified.” Mutz says this won’t necessarily be a City of Lakeland initiative other than getting it going and supporting it, but rather, “It will be a people’s initiative.” In addition to the One Lakeland Initiative and the Downtown Master Plan, another of Mutz’s priorities is the Road Diet in Dixieland. He is “very concerned with safety, and initially it won’t be popular, but it’s going to allow us to see how we can alter our traffic patterns in ways that really do become suitable. The combination of texting, narrowness, people on the sidewalk, and a growing Dixieland area has all the wrong formulas, and we’re living on borrowed time.” The movement of the monument in Munn Park is another priority. “I love what we have accomplished with the monument and want to see our veterans honored with the movement of it to an area where that’s accomplished, as well as for us to hear the hearts of the rest of the city that are bothered by its presence in Munn Park. To me, that is a picture of what we do when we think of everyone’s feelings, not


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just one group’s opinions, which is what a responsible city does: we care about how we can best serve all citizens.” Lakeland also has what Mutz described as a “broadband challenge.” He wants to see us “be really wise here, because this is an area we could throw millions and millions of dollars at an initiative that, technologically, times out before there’s ever a payoff. Therefore, we must be as wise as possible to really identify what our challenges are, look at the competitive existing opportunities to fulfill those challenges on the most cost-effective basis possible, and also be good students of what is down the road.” Education is another focus for Mutz, who is continuing Wiggs’ work on the College Presidents’ Roundtable, where he meets with all local college presidents to

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see how the city can best serve the students in our community. Workforce development is a large focus of this, looking at how we educate trade-level skills. Mutz thinks Polk County Schools is doing a great job with its academies and says, “We need to celebrate all the other ways we can work with our hands and our minds, in robotics, autonomous cars, and new technologies.” “We need to be smart about what we do,” he continues. “I really want to spend this first year listening much more than necessarily visioning. That’s kind of contra to what most leadership would say typically in life, but that’s because we already have really good initiatives in place. So let’s see those through, let’s make the other changes that we need to get made this year, let’s get a Downtown Master Plan in place, and let’s go.”

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For the past few years, Paige Wagner, founder and owner of Paige Wagner Homes Realty, has held the Annual Historic Home Tour, introducing many to the luxury of historic homes. While this year’s tour was held on March 17, you can still view these beautiful homes in the pages that follow. Take the tour as Wagner and The Lakelander offer a glimpse into the founding neighborhoods first developed throughout our city, unveiling the type of cultivated home life that buyers of all ages are flocking to.

The appeal of living in a historic home may seem to be only a recent fascination, but, for years, both young and old have gravitated to this unique option for its endless possibilities and charm. With the many styles of homes featured in past issues of The Lakelander, it goes without saying that historic homes have captured the attention of Lakeland, regardless of what the current trends may be. As houses that were built decades prior, the innate cozy, homey, and nostalgic features create an inviting ambiance for new homeowners to settle into and easily make their own. Alongside the long-favored Historic District, a number of other districts increasingly replicate this beloved way of living, offering many historically preserved home options throughout the city.

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Covering the East Lake Morton District, the Lake Hollingsworth Neighborhood, the South Lake Morton District, and the Cleveland Heights District, you may soon discover your ideal historic home doesn’t need to limit your search to only the “Historic District.” While most homes change throughout the decades due to trends and style, no two historic homes in Lakeland are alike. And no two homes on this tour are alike. With the many facets offered by each residence, these owners have come to find their ideal historic homes through Wagner and graciously offer us all a peek into their beloved spaces. And each homeowner on the tour has settled into their still-fairly-new finished home and managed to seamlessly transition to make it their very own. So, yes, we’re sorry to inform you that none of these homes are currently for sale. But they may just open your eyes to the many hidden gems still available throughout the city. Several districts outside of the Historic District throughout the tour not only offer potential historic homes, but characteristics quickly matching that of the Historic District. From a 1925 historic bungalow to a Frank Lloyd Wright inspired midcentury modern marvel, these homes are sure to catch your eye and inspire you no matter what style of home you live in. For anyone in the market ready to buy, you may be eager to find your own historic haven after giving these homes a look. If after the tour you’re still not ready to make the historic home transition yourself, you’ll no doubt be inspired to replicate one or more of the looks you come across over the next few pages.


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photography by Naomi Lynn Vacaro

written by Annalee Mutz and Kristin Crosby


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South Lakeland Home of: Hillary and Jason DeMeo | Specifics: 4 bed / 2.5 bath

“The home’s architectural uniqueness is only matched by the stories of the people who have lived in it. Every aspect, from light to the layout, has been designed with intention, and we feel like we are caretaking a true Lakeland gem.” — Jason and Hillary DeMeo

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Built in 1963, the architect pulled inspiration from design legend Frank Lloyd Wright. Nearly half the home consists of glass doors and windows to let natural light flood the space. The owners rarely turn their lights on during the day because the house practically illuminates itself. The 1960s’ terrazzo stone flooring throughout is just another stunning feature of this home, not to mention the nearly one-acre lot on which the home resides.

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Influenced by the designs of Frank Lloyd Wright, this 1960s’ midcentury home invites pools of natural light.


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HOUSE .02 / 1920

Lake Hollingsworth Home of: Troy & Tara Johnson | Specifics: 3 bed/2 bath

“In one year of living here, we’ve made so many amazing memories, but to think this house holds almost 100 years of memories is pretty inspiring.” — Tara Johnson

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This 1920 bungalow has one of the most picturesque views of Lake Hollingsworth right from the living room sofa. The spaces are permeated with character, with original 1920s’ pinewood floors, a darling butler’s pantry, and five-panel interior doors throughout. Not to mention the original home-phone ledge. With its prominent location, striking exterior, features, and prestige character, this home is truly a Lake Hollingsworth neighborhood staple.

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This quaint home has stood nearly a century. Its original pinewood floors fit seamlessly with its modern appeal.


â&#x20AC;&#x153;In one year of living here, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve made so many amazing memories, but to think this house holds almost 100 years of memories is pretty inspiring.â&#x20AC;?

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HOUSE .03 / 2004

South Lake Morton Historic District Home of: Dan & Bre Rivera | Specifics: 2 bed/ 2 bath

“The history, people, and local businesses that make up the Dixieland and South Lake Morton area are constantly inspiring us. The most enjoyable part of this remodel was learning how to incorporate some of the characteristics of this area into our home.” — Dan and Bre Rivera

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New construction meets neighborhood historic. Who wouldn’t want a new home that’s been built to look like it’s always been a part of the Historic District? This duplex is 980 square feet and recently went through a beautiful remodel. The owners updated the kitchen with two-tone-colored cabinetry, hardwood floors reminiscent of 1920s’ pine floors, and bright white paint. With windows across the whole north wall, the natural light brings a tranquil feeling of the outside in. This home is located in the South Lake Morton Historic District.

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Renovations to this already beautiful home just brought its value of living up a notch. Its setting is perfect for the clean, minimalistic design the owners have incorporated.


HOUSE .04 / 1952

Camphor Heights Home of: Michael & Erica Steiner | Specifics: 4 bed/ 2 bath

“We love to sit and gaze at the view of our street from our front window. The large camphor trees, historic lamp posts, and friendly neighbors make for the best walks around the neighborhood.” — Erica Steiner

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This 1950s’ neighborhood sits beneath a canopy of camphor trees over 100 years old, creating an enchanted atmosphere. And this home, although built in 1952, truly functions as a new house. It was gutted and restored in 2017, with brand-new plumbing, electrical, roof, walls, and even a new layout. Despite all the changes, the 1950s’ retro character of the exterior with its starburst columns and modern angle construction remain intact.

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Paige Wagner predicts Camphor Heights is on its way to being the next Historic District. With its billowy trees and uniformity in design, it appears to be headed right that way.


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HOUSE .05 / 1925

East Lake Morton Historic District Home of: Daniel & Amanda Martin | Specifics: 2 bed/ 1 bath

“We love our home’s proximity to Lake Morton and downtown Lakeland. We love the lifestyle of being able to walk to local restaurants. It’s amazing.” — Daniel and Amanda Martin

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All 932 square feet of this charming wood-frame bungalow was built in 1925. With a wall originally separating the living room from the dining room, you’ll now walk into an open space with the original wood-burning fire as the focal point. The owners have been very creative on adding storage in their small space, with built-ins and even a hidden space for their dog in the cabinetry. With all the character of old but functionality of new, this home is a perfect example of “less is more.” The bungalow is located in the East Lake Morton Historic District which is one of the city’s oldest neighborhoods.

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This home is another perfect example of creativity crafted into these historic havens. Unique storage spaces were implemented throughout this home, only adding to the character of the building.


ABOUT THE NEIGHBORHOODS South and East Lake Morton Historic District The South and East Lake Morton Historic District truly captures Lakeland’s Swan City history. You’ll find streets covered in the familiar Lakeland swan symbol between the street signs and the house numbers posted on each home, and even actually encountering the swans that frequent Lake Morton. The neighborhoods that encompass South and East Lake Morton Historic District are primarily located south and east of Lake Morton and north of Lake Hollingsworth. These neighborhoods bring to life the unique history of Lakeland with many of the homes dating back to the 1920s, showcasing predominantly the bungalow and Mediterranean styles that ruled in this era. The charming uniformity of the homes is showcased through architectural norms like large, beautiful porches. “People sit outside and know their neighbors. That’s the lifestyle people have in these neighborhoods,” says Paige Wagner.

Lake Hollingsworth “Obviously, Lake Hollingsworth is the heartbeat of Lakeland,” says Wagner. Many Lakelanders regularly traverse the path surrounding this large lake, whether that’s driving around it on their work commute or running it’s 2.83-mile trail. This area is smack-dab in the middle of Lakeland and is regularly visited by tons of people. According to Wagner, what makes this neighborhood special is how “you can see the generations of homes and how they have been designed throughout the centuries.” With homes from the early 1900s on up until recent generations, you can see the progression of design all throughout Lake Hollingsworth, offering the old, new, and everything in between.

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Just three years ago, Jennifer Smurr returned from an internship in Miami and brought to our city the beauty and trade of freshly baked bread. Since its premiere at the Lakeland Dowtown Farmers Curb Market, Born & Bread Bakehouse has made an array of buttery, flaky, freshly made morning croissants a reality. It reminds us that naturally leavened canâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be born overnight. And neither can the best of bakeries.

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Stepping into the storefront, to your right stands a wall covered in American flags. To the back are cozy booths, reminiscent of a well-lived-in diner. To the left, a comfy couch and set of chairs, with neon lights hanging above that read “American Dream.” But, despite its homey, well-adapted appearance, Born & Bread Bakehouse is still rather new to this expanded space, though it’s hardly new to Lakeland. This past weekend, on March 17, the bakery celebrated its three-year anniversary and record sales, to date. Over the last three years, Jennifer Smurr returned from a baking apprenticeship, launched a business, and settled into a brick-and-mortar (along with Patriot Coffee, owned by her brother-in-law, Chris McArthur). She has helped our city rediscover what true bread should look, feel, and taste like, and in the meantime created a need in many of us: the cruffin. In many ways, Smurr’s launch and progressive development of Born & Bread Bakehouse has been exactly what many in Lakeland would define as a modern-day American Dream. Though Smurr will hardly say it’s exactly the dream she planned for.

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In celebration of its recent three-year anniversary, Born & Bread Bakehouse also unveiled its new exansion. The homey yet vibrant decor (styled by Lisa Malott) continues to pack in many hungry customers every Saturday.

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AN AMERICAN DREAM “Since the beginning, this was a goal,” says Smurr. In February 2018 she announced Born & Bread’s expansion, and within a six-week turnaround celebrated its threeyear anniversary, revealing a spacious kitchen and cozy interior, styled by Lisa Malott. Producing nearly 10 times the volume of pastries she began with and leading a well-oiled machine, Smurr now runs the bakehouse with six full-time employees, one apprentice, two weekend part-timers, and is currently looking to hire four more people. Though this current setup is not exactly what she imagined for Born & Bread three years prior. “I think maybe during the first two months of opening at the [Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market], I was like, ‘One day I want to have a bakery, and I want


there to be a neon sign on the wall. I don’t know what it’s going to say, but maybe, ‘American Dream.’” After deciding the store was going to be something she would inevitably open, Smurr received a neon sign for Christmas that said ‘American Dream.’ Yet, she says, “I don’t know without certain things happening at certain times that I wouldn’t have gotten here the way that I did.” BEFORE BREAD Prior to the bakehouse, Smurr worked in the fashion industry. One day while working with a client, the designer for that client approached Smurr and said, “Hey, I was thinking about you the other day, and I see you started baking. You should check out Zak the Baker.” Smurr jumped to it, visiting Zak Stern’s bakery in Miami, with a pen and paper in hand and prepared with some questions simply to equip herself as a better baker. Zak answered her questions but told her, “As much as I can answer all of these questions for you, you have to experience this. You have to touch the dough every day.” In order for Smurr to really hone her skills as a baker, Zak suggested she consider an apprenticeship, offering one at his bakehouse in Miami. “‘I’m not sure if it’s for you,” Zak told her. “It’s full time, no pay, long hours, early mornings.’” And I was like, ‘Yeah, I think I want to do that.’ And he said, ‘Did you say that

you were just married?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’ And he was like, ‘I don’t know … maybe you should talk to your husband about this first.’” Sure enough, Smurr made the move for a three-month apprenticeship, gaining baking skills, lifelong mentors and friendships, and an eye-opening reality of what life as a baker would mean. “I think what I learned the most through that apprenticeship is that I was just romantic about it. We get romantic in life about a lot of things — the idea of them, without the experience.” She completed the apprenticeship, returned home, and prepared to introduce Lakeland to Born & Bread.

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A CRUFFIN Many have viewed the growth of Born & Bread to be a progressive business strategy: launching at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, the wholesale of Smurr’s perfectly tart sourdough loaves (served at the likes of Black & Brew, Cob & Pen, and The Corner Store), transitioning into a brick-and-mortar, a recent expansion, and the glorified cruffin, which has evolved to be the trademark pastry of the bakehouse. Smurr can’t help but smile and laugh at the thought, assumed of many business owners, that each step of her business venture was perfectly planned out in advance. Contrary to popular belief of Born & Bread’s success due to some five-year plan, if anything Smurr and her bakehouse have progressed because she has learned to roll with the punches. “When I came back, I joined Catapult, and they had this tiny electric bread oven — a Rofco from Belgium. I had worked with it before and mixed 45 doughs for the first market. And I couldn’t get the thing to hold temp. It would skyrocket above 500 degrees and drop to 300. And for bread you need some kind of consistent temp.” Smurr was on edge at the risky venture, depending on a temperamental oven to assist the launch of Born & Bread and her first-ever time selling at the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market.

REFLECTING ON THE BAKERY’S EARLIER DAYS AND THE DIFFICULT DEPARTURE FROM HER APPRENTICESHIP, SMURR SAYS, “I DIDN’T KNOW ANYTHING THEN. BUT THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN AMAZING.”

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Smurr never set out for the cruffin to be her trademark pastry on the menu. Learning to go with the flow of the many hiccups that came with opening a bakery, it still manages to be a front-running item.

“I remember going into Catapult at about seven the night before. I turned the oven on to preheat, and all night it was up and down. I cried — I mean, Catapult has to have a video of the meltdowns,” Smurr jokes. “I can still remember a friend coming to visit and knocking on the Catapult door, and I remember sitting at the bottom of the stairs, losing it, saying, ‘I never want to do this again. This is not what I signed up for.’”

With 16 of the 45 prepped loaves, Smurr arrived at the market, and there, waiting for her, was a line. And she knew then that the first market wouldn’t be her last. I have to do this again, she recalls thinking. I have to figure this out! But the trick was finding another product the Rofco could handle. “So I couldn’t do bread. I knew that.” Eager to return with more baked goods, she quickly studied the complex art of the croissant. Spurred on by


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the quick turnaround for demands and inspired by a croissanterie in Australia called Lune (famed for the cruffin), Smurr developed a formula which she says “has changed a thousand times since.” The next week, Born & Bread returned with croissants, morning buns, and cruffins. Before leaving the kitchen at Catapult and moving into her own space, Smurr was producing 350 pastries for the market. “Sometimes, as things go wrong, you don’t need another opportunity. You just need a mindset change,” she says. On the weekend of its third year anniversary, Born & Bread served over 3,700 pastries and 160 loaves of bread. IN PRODUCTION “It’s organized chaos, but somehow we know what we’re doing,” says Smurr. The mere effort to meet demands brought the bakehouse to its current kitchen, expanded space, and weekly operation. “We are a Monday through Saturday production right now,” says Smurr. The largest production and first half of the week revolves around croissant dough, due to its lengthy process. “Mondays mean mixing croissant dough and butter blocks,” Smurr notes on the weekly schedule.

“Tuesdays mean more dough, butter block prep, and then prep for fillings. Friday is mainly shaping the dough, and filling and finishing off things before they’re baked. Then they’ll go in the cooler, and the next morning we get started at 12:15 [a.m.] and work until the doors open.” Born & Bread has carried a seasonally evolving menu from day one, serving everything the team of bakers can concoct, from goat cheese and sundried tomato pastry, to berry white cruffins, and toasted brioche topped with thick layers of fresh ricotta and strawberry jam. Recently, the bakery’s menu has expanded to include galettes (the most popular being caramel apple, strawberry, and almond cream), hand pies, and its most recent addition, the transcendent chocolate cake. Rotating sourdough breads every weekend, each is naturally leavened, offering up flavors such as country loaf, cinnamon raisin, olive, pecan cranberry, and corn grit with jalapeno. Born & Bread’s recently explored breakfast sandwiches have quickly become its most popular product. Made just as Smurr would prepare it at home, Benton’s breakfast sandwich highlights a “thick, smokier-smoked bacon,” she says, that’s cured in Tennessee. This past anniversary weekend, with the largest production of pastries to date (selling over 250 Benton’s breakfast sandwiches), brought Smurr to reflect on the bakery’s earlier days and the difficult departure from her apprenticeship. “I didn’t know anything then,” she says. “But the journey has been amazing.”

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AN APPRENTICESHIP The unique opportunity that the bakehouse offers draws several apprentices from out of state and overseas. Born & Bread’s journey continues to evolve as Smurr recently had to say a few more goodbyes, this time to her own interns, with three of them returning home: one from Texas and two from Switzerland. The demand is high, the learning process concentrated, and the turnaround quick — a two-month apprenticeship. Some months, Smurr may receive a request every day or every other day on apprentice opportunities. Born & Bread’s apprenticeship offers students the opportunity to learn the ins and out of the baking and business process, with many of them returning home with freshly honed skills to launch their own baking businesses. “I can’t explain why I choose certain people,” Smurr says. “I think it’s maybe the way that they write or the story that they have.” Her first international apprentice traveled from Ecuador. “Isa.” Smurr notes the name with clear strings tugging at the heart. “She went back. The economy is really terrible in Ecuador.” Another, an Australian apprentice, recently opened at her farmers market the same Saturday as Born & Bread’s three-year anniversary, March 17, selling out in only two hours. Suchali, an apprentice from India, returned home and last year opened her own bakehouse and is already selling wholesale to several coffee shops throughout the country. “Isa traveled to India and helped Suchali open her bakery, then returned and spent three more months with us,” says Smurr. “You really get to know these people. I don’t think there’s any apprentice I’ve had that I haven’t cried when they left, or they haven’t talked to me once a month since. They break my heart though, so I’m going to take a break after this one.” Born & Bread’s apprenticeships are a minimum of two months. “Most of the time they’re not going to learn everything they want to in two months. It takes a lot of skill, a lot of practice. But what’s great is that they get to lean on our dime of how to screw up some bread.” Apprentices are responsible for their own housing, and as long as they’re within 10 minutes of the bakery, they’ll have a ride each day. While it’s not a paid internship, apprentices are expected to work alongside the team whenever they’re working. So if it means a Thursday from eight in the morning to seven at night, or a 12 a.m. start time on Saturday morning (which is when you will find the team prepping your weekly cruffin), it offers apprentices a true picture of the process.

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“They learn to bake, they learn to proof [the time the yeast is activated in a pastry, which allows the pastry to begin to rise and create shape before going in the oven], a lot of fermentation, they learn about efficiency and the way a bakery operates.” Each week the team meets, Smurr answers any questions they have. Every other week focuses on the bakery as a business: how to create a business plan, cost analysis, and the fundamentals to keep the business running. While many apprentices arrive with next to zero baking experience, some come with a culinary background, such as current intern, Cory. “The two boys (from Switzerland) were chefs,” says Smurr. “So they have kitchen experience, which was a super-easy transition for them. But the time of dough we do doesn’t come naturally to anyone. So it wasn’t like the first day they were slinging some dough. But by the end, yeah, they did the entire final bake by themselves the week prior.”

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“I DON’T THINK THERE’S ANY APPRENTICE I’VE HAD THAT I HAVEN’T CRIED WHEN THEY LEFT, OR THEY HAVEN’T TALKED TO ME ONCE A MONTH SINCE. THEY BREAK MY HEART THOUGH, SO I’M GOING TO TAKE A BREAK AFTER THIS ONE.” - JENNIFER SMURR

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N E W DAYS A H E A D Currently, Smurr anticipates possible expansions for the bakery in the days ahead. “A conservative growth,” she suggests, and considers expanding its hours to a potential weekday evening, and a soft opening by the end of April, dependent on staffing. “If we opened on a Wednesday night, I could see maybe doing a French baguette. The timing with that doesn’t allow us to do it on a Saturday morning, but I think on a Wednesday evening that would be amazing to have house-made butter and French baguettes. Like a BYOB kind of atmosphere.” But rest assured, it will be a dessert-based evening. With spring’s arrival, the team has been crafting the new seasonal menu. “This morning we were talking about it being Girl Scout season. We try to have very balanced pastries, so nothing you get should be overly sweet to where you couldn’t finish it and say, ‘I think I want another one.’ This week, the team is talking about recreating the Samoas cookie into a twice-baked croissant for this weekend. And maybe introducing a strawberry rhubarb galette.” As far as the foods that keep Smurr fueled personally these days, “On a Saturday I look forward to if we could make an extra breakfast sandwich [if they’re not already sold out] … I really want a breakfast sandwich. And a chocolate croissant has just been my thing. But it changes all the time.” It may be Smurr’s spirited and ever-evolving taste buds that keep such a lively menu and expectant line of customers at the door every Saturday morning. But, at this point, even if the menu were to stay the same, you can pretty much count on that line.

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Swan City If there is one form of therapy most of us seek out on a daily basis, it's the opportunity to laugh. If it weren't for the weekly sitcoms, The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and Saturday Night Live (even if just for reruns of Chris Farley routines), our lives would be sorely at a loss.

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written by Tara Campbell photography by John Kazaklis

Like the rest of the world, I’ve spent a fair amount of time paying attention to comedy. Watching Saturday Night Live isn’t just a weekly tradition; it’s a way of life. Jimmy Fallon has been my biggest celebrity crush since middle school; I think Tina Fey is an unparalleled genius; and I’ve spent hours of my life listening to comedians talk in podcasts. In my time writing for The Lakelander, I’m not sure if I’ve ever been more nervous for an interview. Comedians are intelligent, quick-witted, and admittedly a little off. What do we talk about? Can I keep up? This seems especially true of improv comedy. It’s one thing to write jokes, but to make them up off the top of your head? Few people have this talent. However, as I sit at a table on a Thursday evening with the Swan City Improv team, they are quick to dispel this myth. “Every single person on the planet has the talent for improv. You do it every day in life. You change what’s on your calendar. You don’t plan your conversations. It’s just a different reality on stage,” Nate Fleming muses. Fleming is one of many players who travel to Lakeland to perform on the Swan City Improv team the first Friday night of the month. He currently lives in Chicago where he trains with Second City Improv, most famously known for being the starting place of Bill Murray, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Steve Carrell, and Stephen Colbert. We’re sitting with Aaron Burns, Josh Sitta, and Meg Wittman, all Swan City Improv mainstays. Aaron Burns and Nate Fleming met at Southeastern University and were on an improv team together there for several years. Burns joined the team because Fleming stopped by his room and told him to come with him and audition. It turned out he was a natural. Burns is the natural teacher of the group as well, and he shares that the things that make improv work aren’t what you think they are. “Support is the foremost thing,” he says as the others nod around him in affirmation. “Don’t deny each other. You can’t come into a scene planned out. An instructor at [SAK Comedy Lab in Orlando] told me that there aren’t good and bad choices. There are better and worse choices. The point of improv is someone doing something and you responding with, ‘Yes… And…’ You add on. You don’t deny.” The whole team agrees that improv comedy is focused on the scene. Being funny is a byproduct. Already I’m feeling better about my choices in this interview, because according to the team, I’m participating in improv by simply being there.

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IMPROVISATIONAL COMEDY AND THE BEGINNING OF SWAN CITY IMPROV Improvisational comedy started as a theater exercise used in progressive education techniques. The first improv comedy troupes began in the late 1950s thanks to a woman named Viola Spolin who is also known for developing modern improv comedy exercises. Now improv comedy is a widely respected and sought-out practice for people looking to do comedy as a career. There are improv comedy schools all over the world, the most notable American schools and theaters being in Los Angeles and Chicago. Locally, Orlando and Tampa both have theaters and schools. And Wayne Brady, famed from Whose Line Is It Anyway? got his start at SAK where Burns, Wittman, and several of the other Swan City Improv players have completed classes. Fleming had the idea to start Swan City Improv. He had worked for Rochelle School of the Arts teaching improv to their middle school students. He moved away to study improv in Chicago but came back in February of 2017 to help run a fundraiser for the school. He was blown away by the way the students performed and worked with each other.

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Fleming was so impressed, he called Shane Lawlor at LKLD Live and asked if the space was free and if he could do an improv show there. He also called on several of his friends from SAK and his improv team in college. The show was a success. So successful that they were invited back to LKLD Live to do it again. Over the next few months they made several changes. Team member Sean McKenney came up with the name Swan City Improv. They added Jordan Rippy as the show host, hired a musician to play during scenes, and made the commitment to do a show every First Friday. “Committing to every First Friday was huge. We’re focusing on lights, staging, and getting more people,” Josh Sitta says. The First Friday shows are full of audiences

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that expect exactly what the team delivers — fun, refreshing, family-friendly entertainment. There are two shows that night. The first is a series of games where each Swan City member competes for the prize of “Top Swan” by winning points determined by the crowd. The second is “Swan City Cinema” where the players make up movies using ideas provided by the audience. Wittman has a background in musical theater. She started improv on the suggestion of her agent, and her talents obviously show during Swan City Cinema. Rippy does a great job of hosting and keeping the audience engaged in the show by asking for suggestions for scenes and small details to help the team. As the team talks to me about the shows,

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Member Nate Fleming (center), traveling from Chicago, will soon perform and record his first stand-up comedy routine at LKLD Live.

the members of Swan City Improv are committed to each other as a group and making sure that the team is successful. When they’re on the stage performing together you can see the way they support each other and continue to ask, “Yes… And…?” throughout scenes with their choices. In a city that’s so artistically minded, Swan City Improv hopes to bring a different form of expression to our community. There are several comedy clubs in Tampa and Orlando, but not everyone has the opportunity

This month, the team opens their doors to meet with aspiring performers and to teach them the skills of the trade.

to audition and perform. Several of the Swan City team have traveled to SAK in Orlando to take classes, and some people they have met at SAK are part of the team that comes to Lakeland to perform every First Friday. The team would love to perform more regularly though and recruit additional players from the Lakeland area. Swan City is implementing its own “Yes… And…” strategy with our Lakeland Art community and hoping it will continue to answer back as

positively as they have this past year. They recently held auditions and added two new players to the team. Swan City is starting to branch out into new forms of comedy as well. Fleming will perform a standup special in April and is bringing comedians from Orlando and Chicago with him. “Maybe we’ll have a Swan City Comedy Club downtown one day,” he says hopefully. And as our downtown grows and changes, I think we all hope for that, too.

You can catch the Swan City Improv shows the First Friday of every month at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m. For more information, visit lkldlive.com.

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THE LAKELANDER’S CLOSET featuring

Ms. Robyn Wilson Recently we’ve stepped into local closets to get a fresh view of just how personal style is developed. This time around, featuring the lovely Ms. Robyn, we learn not only how to style, but how to thrift like a pro.

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mom, my fashion hero, instilled the joys of thrifting in me at a very young age. Somehow, with very little, my mom has always been the most stylish person I know. Most of her clothing is thrifted but you’d never guess. It’s much more likely that you’d ask yourself where this beautiful woman gets her fabulous wardrobe. She carries herself with a certain elegance, poise, and confidence; qualities that money just can’t buy. I was raised in a little country town called Sunset Beach on North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii. If Hawaii isn’t the most expensive place to live, it is certainly at the top of the list. Long story short, my interracial parents simply wanted my sister and me to grow up in a place where our race wouldn’t be an issue or as means for others to treat us badly or as if we were different. We moved from a town in Arizona where our ethnicity was an issue for others. My parents didn’t want us to be forced to experience that kind of hate in our formative years. They made the sacrifices that were necessary to raise us in paradise on a car salesman’s salary. “We have little money, but we’re rich in love,” they’d say. They were right. Buying second-hand clothing was a necessity, but it never felt that way. Mom would take us on awesome treasure hunts. I’d leave thrift stores feeling beautiful. “It’s not about what’s on the outside. It’s the inside that matters,” she’d say. Mom had a set of fashion rules. In turn, I did too.

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“With very little, my mom has always been the most stylish person I know. She carries herself with a certain elegance, poise, and confidence; qualities that money just can’t buy.”

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Fashion Rules 1. YOU DO YOU. There are no rules in fashion. There’s only one you. You are special. You are beautiful. Treat yourself accordingly. 2.  WEAR CLOTHES THAT MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD regardless of what everyone else is wearing. 3.  BUY THINGS MADE WITH QUALITY AND CARE. Whether you’re buying clothes second hand or new, choose quality always. 4. STAY AWAY FROM FAST FASHION, i.e., clothing stores that sell clothes so cheaply, it’s hard to believe that a human actually made it. A human did make it. People should be paid fairly for their work whether here in the US or overseas.

I live by these rules, and I always shop with them in mind. Most of my clothes were made decades ago but are still completely wearable. The reality is that most things were made with more quality and more care back in the day. There are a few exceptions, but the cost is reflected in the quality. Thanks to my parents and my mom in particular, I was raised to embrace my individuality, and thrifting simply supports my cause. It’s pretty unlikely that someone walking down the street will be wearing exactly what I’m wearing. Plus, every time you shop at a thrift store, you’re doing something good for the community (because a bulk of the proceeds go to charity) and good for the planet. You’re doing your part to keep perfectly good things out of landfills. In time, I’ve come up with my own expanded list of thrifting rules that I follow religiously.

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Thrifting Rules 1. FEEL FOR QUALITY; KNOW YOUR FABRICS. I go for natural fabrics:

• cotton • silk • wool • cashmere • linen

2. CHOOSE ITEMS THAT INSTANTLY MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD. Sharpen those fashion instincts. 3. WASH OR DRY CLEAN BEFORE WEARING. While a lot of people wash before donating, others don’t. All the clothes are sorted from the same bins before they go on the racks. shirt vintage Levi’s Salvation Army

4. KNOW YOUR FAVORITE DESIGNERS AND HUNT FOR ITEMS MADE BY THEM. I have found many designer pieces at thrift shops. Once upon a time, I found five cashmere Chanel sweaters all in a line at my favorite thrift shop. True story.

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5.GIVE BACK OFTEN AND REGULARLY. If I buy five things from the thrift shop, I donate five things that I no longer need.

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So, if you haven’t thrifted, try it! Take a fashion risk that won’t break the bank. Take yourself on a treasure hunt. Purchase something that simply makes you feel good. Celebrate your individuality. And do some good for your community and the planet while celebrating. Happy Hunting!

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Mayfaire began as a small craft show on the lawn of the Lakeland Public Library. Held on Mother’s Day weekend, it was a great opportunity for families to celebrate mothers and purchase gifts for them while at the event. Fortyseven years later, the tradition still stands — but this isn’t the same small craft show from back in the day. The Polk Museum of Art's MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake festival has grown to be one of the most prestigious, fun-filled outdoor fine arts shows in Florida; a thoughtfully curated event for the art enthusiast and the novice alike to engage with Lakeland’s thriving art community.

Mayfaire tips: If you want to switch up your mode of festival transport, MayFerry golf carts transport people throughout the show, as well as stopping by the Polk Museum of Art. These stay packed all day long, and are a popular way to see the whole show. There will also be a MayFerry to accommodate those with wheelchairs.

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Stay hydrated and dress for success! Don’t forget to drink plenty of water and wear sunscreen. You'll also want to be sure to wear comfortable shoes so you’re equipped to see all the festival has to offer by foot.

Protect those puppy paws, and leave the dogs at home. As the asphalt is very hot, dogs’ paws can easily become overheated on the pavement.

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For a break from the heat, the Polk Museum of Art has free admission both Saturday and Sunday during festival hours. This year the museum visitors will have a chance to see the exhibit “Hudson River School Landscapes.”


mayfaire by-the-lake Written by Annalee Mutz Photos Sourced by Polk Museum of Art

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he richness of the arts is undeniable, and the Lakeland community has proven that through its love of art. From the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture to organizations like Polk Museum of Art and Explorations V, Lakeland offers a mix of creative events and spaces that remind us of the ways that the arts have enhanced our lives. There’s an inherent value to it that enriches our understanding of culture: it entertains, it revives, and it defines us. It is also as diverse as the artists themselves, with multiple mediums and avenues for it to be represented. In recent years, it has also been in the forefront of many controversial talks. From school arts programs suffering greatly due to budgetary purposes to the instantaneous ability to engage with it like never before through the means of social media and tech-

nology, the in-person experience of art appears to be facing much tension in terms of its return on investment. Thanks to technology, we are more interconnected than ever before. The internet allows us to bypass the gallery system. Captivating artwork can be accessed in an instant. But there are many mediums of art to be explored. And just as art is about seeing, it is also about experiencing and cultivating community through it. Lakeland’s diverse offerings in art experiences has continued to cultivate a community that uses events like MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire bythe-Lake to better connect us to our surrounding culture. Mayfaire has evolved since being the small craft show nestled on the Lakeland Library lawn back in 1971. “It has grown to be a pretty reputable art show in the country,” says Mayfaire Coordinator Joy Williams. As one of the

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The juried art show features approximately 160 artists, including jewelers, ceramists, painters, photographers, and more.

largest and oldest outdoor art festivals in Central Florida, Mayfaire ranked as one of the top 20 art shows in the country in Sunshine Artist magazine’s prestigious “Best 200 Art Shows” list in 2016. The first Mayfaire took place Mother’s Day weekend in 1971. It was a small craft show with the intention to host an event for families to learn about art while celebrating and buying gifts for mothers.

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Put on by the Polk Museum of Art, today’s event still takes place on Mother’s Day weekend, and it draws in the masses. With an estimated 70,000 people attending each year, one must wonder: why is it so successful? A great art festival can be a truly enriching and eye-opening experience. These types of events bring in art created by people from all sorts of backgrounds

and experiences, and allow patrons to interact with the artists they are purchasing from. Our need to see work in person provides an avenue for personal connections such as those created by art festivals like Mayfaire. What also makes Mayfaire unique is our community. “We have a community that shows up to events and appreciates art,” says Williams. “I also think we draw

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in a lot of well-known artists because our location appeals to them.” “Word has gotten out that we’re a good art show,” says Leslie Norman, who cocoordinates Mayfaire alongside Williams. This predominantly word-ofmouth exposure has captured the attention of many artists and patrons. The traffic driven by Mayfaire is valuable to our community. Between more visitors staying at hotels and an increase of customers at restaurants throughout the weekend, the out-oftown guests stimulate our local businesses. Mayfaire also gives back to our community in a cultural sense, too. “It educates the community in the differ-

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ent mediums of art,” says Williams. “It even educates our children in the different forms of art, the importance of collecting, and creativity.” It’s been said that creative activities are the building blocks of early childhood development. Multiple studies suggest that facilitating activities where kids can learn, grow, and create through the arts can better equip them with the resources they need to succeed in life. The intention put into creating environments for children to also engage in Mayfaire speaks to Polk Museum of Art’s belief in such an investment. At this year’s Mayfaire, there will also be activities for children

where they can create crafts. These will be located on Chiles Street and are free for all children. There is also much more to anticipate at this year’s packed-out Mayfaire weekend. The juried art show will feature the work from about 160 artists: jewelers, ceramicists, painters, and photographers — there is something for anyone who enjoys an array of art mediums or is simply looking for a unique gift for Mom. Every year, the Polk Museum of Art chooses an artist to design the festival’s signature image. Long-time Mayfaire participant Ummarid “Tony” Eitharong has been announced as this year’s cover artist, and his piece

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Mayfaire Saturday Night features live music, food trucks, and a fireworks show. The event is free and takes place along the shore of Lake Mirror at the Frances Langford Promenade.

titled Green River will be featured on the Mayfaire poster and T-shirts. Eitharong, a previous Mayfaire Best of Show winner, is from Orlando. Other activities include Mayfaire Saturday Night which begins at 5:30 p.m. on May 12. This free event will take place along the shore of Lake Mirror at the Frances Langford Promenade, just two blocks north of Lake Morton, and will include live music and a variety of food trucks. The night will culminate with a fireworks show at 9 p.m. “Bring a blanket, bring a chair, listen to some good music, and come watch the fireworks,” suggests Norman. Organized by the Lakeland Runners Club, the MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire 5k race will also take place on that Saturday and is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. With an expected 1,200 participants, the

scenic course will take runners around Lake Mirror and Lake Morton. The race will finish at just the right time for participants to make it to that night’s fireworks show. A portion of the proceeds from the race will benefit the Polk Museum of Art. (For more information, visit lakelandrunnersclub.org/lrcraces/m5k.) Mayfaire offers a full schedule, and there is plenty going on to entertain the whole family. When asked why our community should come out to the annual MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Norman says, “It’s a fantastic opportunity to gather your family together, have a day to spend with Mom, pick out a gift, and just start a tradition.” Above all else, Mayfaire continues to be a thriving art festival that gives its fair share back to the community through an engaging experience in which the whole family can partake.

to find out more about MIDFLORIDA Mayfaire by-the Lake: visit mayfairebythelake.org

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Whether you’re new to the cocktail scene or have been hanging around it for quite some time, the craft cocktail conversation has sustained significant attention, and the Lakeland crowd hasn’t been one to shy away from it. We asked your favorite local mixologists for their top picks so you’d be properly prepared to join in, too.

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ome would say we’re in a craft cocktail renaissance, of sorts. A golden age for bartending creativity. However, the art of drink mixing has been happening for centuries, and the infamous cocktail has undergone numerous innovative comebacks spurred from both rediscovered classics to modern-day contenders. Fitzgerald made us all crave a Mint Julep with Daisy Buchanan, and Mad Men had us all asking, “Can I get an Old Fashioned?” Consistent cocktail cameos such as these prove that our country has had a sustained fascination for these beloved beverages. However, even with such popularity, the origins of the cocktail are vastly disputed. There are many stories and myths surrounding the name “cocktail,” spanning from etymology studies to quirky, old, folk tales. One popular story suggests that it refers to a rooster’s tail (or cock tail) being used as a colonial drink garnish, although there are no written recipes to such a garnish. The first published definition of the cocktail appeared in an editorial response in The Balance and Columbian Repository of 1806 saying that “the cocktail is a stimulating liquor, composed of spirits of any kind, sugar, water, and bitters.” Today’s modern-drink making doesn’t always necessarily come with the rooster tail garnish, but it does still remain close to this response. It is comprised of some of the best ingredients (fresh fruit juices, homemade syrups and bitters, and higher-quality spirits) along with the impeccable detail and intentionality from those who make it. The origins, and even the definition, of a cocktail may appear vague, but what is agreed upon is the endearment toward these specialty drinks. According to a 2016 report from Nielson CGA, nearly a quarter of all Americans regularly drank cocktails outside their homes. So, regardless if we truly know where the name “cocktail” comes from or the true technicalities that qualify drinks as such, we do know that cocktails have captured the hearts of the average American food connoisseur. What truly makes the cocktail experience special is in the experience itself. There’s a certain kind of magic to being able to sit at your favorite bar, indulge in a great cocktail, and converse with the person who created the unique recipe. There aren’t many places that can claim this charm, but Lakeland’s fond addition to the modern cocktail revival has added to the beauty of such experiences. And just like the drinks themselves, those making the drinks may be called an array of names: bartender, bar manager, mixologists. Whatever name you choose to go with, The Lakelander went out, sat behind the counter, and asked them personally what drinks would be their best pick for a Lakeland Cocktail Crawl.

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C O C K TA I L Caipirinha de Ouro Cachaca rum, Cointreau, passion fruit puree, lime juice, simple syrup D I S H PA I R I N G Charred Octopus Salad (a favorite on the menu) Octopus, hearts of palm, heirloom tomatoes, olives

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215 East Main Street 863.499.0099 posto9gastropub.com Posto 9 brings the best of both worlds into one beautifully curated establishment. They are a neighborhood restaurant nestled in the heart of downtown while also incorporating the Brazilian influences of a destination dining experience. Posto 9 uses local ingredients to create well-prepared and -presented dishes with a bold Brazilian flavor. Posto 9 pulled inspiration from the arriving spring season for their updated cocktail list. “When I think spring, I think ‘light’ and ‘fresh,’ and that’s what we did here,” says Bar Manager, Emerson Bamaca. Bamaca recommends the Bittersweet Thyme, a Bulleit Rye whiskey cocktail that is infused with thyme and sweetened with agave. This drink has sweet floral notes that are balanced by the bitters from the grapefruit. Paired with the Halibut Primavera, these bitter notes also complement the delectable sweet fish.

C O C K TA I L Bittersweet Thyme Ruby red grapefruit infused Bulleit rye, agave thyme syrup, grapefruit bitters, carbonated water, grapefruit garnish D I S H PA I R I N G Halibut Primavera Pan roasted wild Alaskan halibut, Dutch potatoes, asparagus, fennel, radish, Vidalia onion

Along with Bamaca, Executive Chef, Daniel Schubert also recommends the Caipirinha De Ouro with the Charred Octopus Salad. “The sweetness of the passion fruit complements the acidity that’s under the octopus, as well as the saltiness from the capers and chimichurri that goes on top,” says Schubert.

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RED DOOR

733 East Palmetto Street 863.937.9314 reddoorlakeland.com

C O C K TA I L The Midtown Redemption Rye, Grand Marnier, and blood orange bitters, orange twist garnish

Steps away from Lake Morton, the Red Door offers a stellar craft food and beverage experience. Their uniqueness is evident through both their offerings and execution. Once you step through the (literal) red door, you’ll find yourself in a warm and hospitable atmosphere. “We want you to come in and feel like we are cooking for you at home,” says Owner, Richard DeAngelis. The Red Door boasts of small plates and a rotating seasonal menu. Initially starting as a wine bar, the Red Door has also evolved into a full-scale gastropub including a full bar.

D I S H PA I R I N G Moules Frites Prince Edward Island mussels, green curry sauce, kimchi, handcut fries, sriracha aioli

“What you want when you’re pairing food and drinks is either something that builds up the flavors in the drink or food, or something that cleanses the palate and allows you to go further with it,” says DeAngelis. His suggestion of pairing The Midtown (named as such because we are located midway between Tampa and Orlando) with the Moules Frites does just that. The drink itself is the perfect balance. Its heavy booziness is balanced with the light sweetness from the Grand Marnier. Paired with the spiciness of the different flavors found in the Moules Frites, this pairing does exactly as DeAngelis suggests.

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C O C K TA I L Frescos’ Lemon Ginger Shine American Born Moonshine, lemonade, honey powder, ginger, lemongrass D I S H PA I R I N G Brussel & Blue Dip Roasted Brussel sprouts, spinach, and blue cheese served with pita chips

C O C K TA I L Georgia Peach Sour Peach-Infused Old Forester, Peach Schnapps, Shrub & Co. Peach Shrub, lemon, brown sugar syrup D I S H PA I R I N G Maple Bourbon Glazed Airline Chicken Served with roasted butternut squash, Brussel sprouts, beets, haricot verts, potatoes

FRESCOS

132 South Kentucky Avenue 863.683.5267 frescoslakeland.com Frescos has grown from the quaint brunch spot to a fun downtown gastropub and craft cocktail bar serving fresh and unique dishes, weekly live music, and dozens of drink deals throughout the week, including bottomless mimosas and $5 martinis. Bartender, Lauren Barnhill, has two solid recommendations that highlight their well-stocked bar. Frescos’ Lemon Ginger Shine is made with their in-house infused moonshine and is the perfect pairing with any of their also homemade appetizers. The spicy piquancy from the blue cheese in the Brussel & Blue Dip goes well with the tartness found in the Lemon Ginger Shine. For those wanting to indulge on the sweeter side, Barnhill recommends the Georgia Peach Sour with the Maple Bourbon Glazed Airline Chicken. “The sweetness of the drink and the dish go really well together.”

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MOJO FEDERAL SWINE & SPIRITS

130 South Tennessee Avenue 863.937.4226 mojobbq.com The Jacksonville-based barbeque restaurant recently opened their doors in the Georgian Revival-style structure located on the corner of South Tennessee Avenue and East Lemon Street. MOJO first began in 2003, and since then opened up eight locations throughout North Florida. Lakeland’s location keeps MOJO’s original identity of being a Southern-inspired barbeque joint with the aroma of smokiness lingering before ever stepping foot into the building. Yet, this location still keeps its Lakeland touch through the downtown architecture evident in its lofty archways, high exposed ceilings, and red brick walls.

C O C K TA I L Stolen Veil Cava rosé, Ford’s gin, lemon, grapefruit, rosemary D I S H PA I R I N G Mojo Q Salad w/ Pulled Chicken Pulled chicken served on a bed of romaine lettuce

D I S H PA I R I N G Kansas City Burnt Ends Crusty outer edges of beef brisket lettuce

Bar Manager, Colin Tull, says that when putting together the perfect cocktail pairing, “You want to pair something that’s complementary or contrasting.” So he gave us both options with the light nature of the Stolen Veil paired with the MOJO Q Salad, and a bold contrast of the Odd Couple (a riff on the Old Fashioned) paired with the best-selling Kansas City Burnt Ends.

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C O C K TA I L Odd Couple Buffalo Trace bourbon, Hendrick’s gin, orange, cherry, rhubarb

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GRILLSMITH

1569 Town Center Drive 863.688.8844 grillsmith.com GrillSmith is a local American restaurant chain serving innovative food and cocktails. But this isn’t your normal, small chain establishment. GrillSmith has a wide menu offering, so there’s something for everyone. But their familiar offerings come with creative and reimagined elements.

C O C K TA I L Smoked Old Fashioned Woodford Reserve bourbon, simple syrup, Boston Bittahs®, Filthy® Black Cherry, orange peel

General Manager, Brian Key, recommends the Smoked Old Fashioned. However, similar to their something-foreveryone menu, he says it’s “a new twist on an old classic.” It’s made with one of the better bourbons around (Woodford Reserve) and is delivered on a cedar plank after it’s been smoked with the glass placed on top. This makes all the smoke formulate in the glass giving it both a great look and smell. This drink is meant to be enjoyed slowly, making it the perfect pair with a tender steak like the 1881 Reserve Rib-Eye. “A great drink like that, I want it paired with our best steak in the house,” says Key.

D I S H PA I R I N G 1881 Reserve Rib-Eye with two portobello fried mushrooms on top of it, PBR mac and cheese (guest favorite), fresh seasonal vegetables 16-ounce center-cut rib-eye, creamy horseradish sauce

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C O C K TA I L Cool Goose Martini Freshly muddled cucumber, Grey Goose, elderflower, and a hint of citrus D I S H PA I R I N G Mahi Arugula Grilled Mahi topped with a light lemon beurre blanc finished with fresh arugula salad and rice

HARRY’S

101 North Kentucky Avenue 863.686.2228 hookedonharrys.com Harry’s originally started in 1987 in Jacksonville and since has expanded to five locations throughout Florida. The original store had a menu that was influenced by a couple of guys from Louisiana. Situated between Lake Mirror and Munn Park, Lakeland Harry’s also creates food and drinks with the same bold and unique flavors that are Nola-inspired. Bartender, Raven Jarrell, recommends the Cool Goose Martini paired with the Mahi Arugula. It’s a refreshing and light dish with the lemon beurre blanc bringing out the sweet, juicy flavor of the Mahi. Paired with the Cool Goose Martini, this has all the makings of the perfect spring/summer duo. “Nice and cool; nice and light,” says Jarrell.

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HISTORY

A customer in a stationery store in the Vanity Fair Arcade, an early version of an indoor mall at 114 South Tennessee Avenue in Lakeland. Photographer Earl Morgan Savage, who took the photograph, operated a photo shop in the Vanity Fair Arcade. date: 1924 Photo courtesy of the Lakeland Public Library.

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