Meet some of Winter Garden's merchants

Meet some of Winter Garden's merchants

There are 21 comments on the Orlando Sentinel story from Jul 27, 2008, titled Meet some of Winter Garden's merchants. In it, Orlando Sentinel reports that:

By most measures, this old citrus community's downtown should be reeling from the double whammy of a stagnant national economy and competition from a new monster mall.

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San Antonio, TX

#1 Jul 27, 2008
What happened to the Winter Garden Diner? Not good enough for a mention?

United States

#3 Jul 27, 2008
They also have a nice little history center there. I just hope the renovated movie theater will show classic MOVIES there on occasion in addition to plays and concerts.

Lincoln, NE

#4 Jul 27, 2008
"I just hope the renovated movie theater will show classic MOVIES there on occasion"

They do. Go to and click on the movies link for the schedule. I am looking forward to Roman Holiday on September 6th.
King Whitee

Longwood, FL

#5 Jul 27, 2008
All I can say is be careful Winter Garden, you have a very bad element to the East that creeps in on occasion. You need to address this so you dont become the new Metro West
former resident

United States

#6 Jul 27, 2008
I grew up in Winter Garden. I remember the old Card Store there but can't remember the name?? I recently was there in January and couldn't believe the changes downtown. I do miss seeing Shirley's Antiques as you come into town. Winter Garden has done good to redevelop their downtown.

San Antonio, TX

#7 Jul 27, 2008
And when downtown don't forget the Attic Door, a classy, intimate wine and coffee bar with live music Wed--Sat and monthly wine pairings.

Kissimmee, FL

#8 Jul 27, 2008
Downtown Winter Garden is definitely a place my family and I go to dine. We also love the farmer's market on Saturday mornings.
Devils Advocate

Lincoln, NE

#10 Jul 27, 2008
Too bad the article did not mention the visionary businesses who helped make WG downtown what it is today, many who are being forced out because of greedy landlords and higher rents.
Gotta love these downtown fathers who spend 14 mil on a the new megalithic ego sized city hall yet allow the east area (less than 1000 yards or so away) continue to deteriorate
Dillard Street still looks like downtown Pine Hills
The "prettification" only happens where it can benefit wealthy property owners

San Antonio, TX

#11 Jul 27, 2008
I live here,it reminds me of the small farm town i grew up in everything else,good stuff and bad stuff.good kids and bad.i really don't have any answers for this.just ride it out,maybe the EASTside will be next?
Good Job Downtown

Apopka, FL

#12 Jul 27, 2008
Many Congrats to the downtown merchants. I drop by weekly to enjoy the new additions and discover new favs. I am hoping that Downtown Clermont can get it together to bring another success story to West Central Florida. Downtown is looking great WAY TO GO.
Bob Bowman VP Downtown Clermont Partnership.
Chickin Nuggets

Orlando, FL

#13 Jul 27, 2008
Wasn't it The LR who recommended to buy in Winter Garden and UF Adumb said that was stupid? You better stay in your cubicle boy and refrain from givin out real estate advice.

“I hate stupidity & ignorance”

Since: Oct 07


#14 Jul 27, 2008
Felipe Jalapeno Enchilada wrote:
What a bunch of male bovine excrement.
Winter Garden, like other antiquated small towns in Florida, is DOOMED - big time! Welcome to the future Pine Hills West.


#15 Jul 27, 2008
What the heck is a mooncricket? I googled it and the first dozen entries indicate that it is a racially perjorative term. I do not want to fall into the abyss of political correctness but could the owners or some other knowledgable person tell me the plain meaning so I can get past this.

Sanford, FL

#16 Jul 27, 2008
John is right, and it's what I was going to post... "Moon Cricket," though obscure, is an offensive term for African Americans. Anyone have knowledge on why the owners chose that name? Has there been any outcry from the community?
Pat R

Merritt Island, FL

#17 Jul 30, 2008
How on earth have you left out one of the old landmarks of the city one block off of the main strip? The Winter Garden Restaurant. That is the name of one of the best old fashioned home style restaurants still left in Orange County for that matter for a good old fashion breakfast or lunch. Maybe you didn’t know but it is a true landmark in the city for visitors and locals. It surprises me that new businesses are being spoken about but a landmark that has been around since the 1960’s and maybe earlier was ignored. There have been different owners of the Winter Garden Restaurant over the years but the food has never been better and with the economy now hitting everyone hard I find it disappointing that the Sentinel would leave out one of the little guys that make up the dynamic atmosphere of the small town of Winter Garden. I know there were other businesses that weren’t mentioned but I was shocked to see the Winter Garden Restaurant left out when they are right off of the main drag and are a staple of the city. I encourage anyone to give them a try and see for yourself.
Thanks- Pat

Kissimmee, FL

#18 Jul 30, 2008
I love Downtown Winter Garden and go there often with my family. I especially love the convenience to just walk around the farmer's market on Saturday mornings.
sabrina winter garden

Orlando, FL

#19 Jul 30, 2008
yes it was so sad to see the winter garden left out in that. The new owner Catherine Klauzowski has worked so hard to make it a good family restaurant, she has put her hopes and dreams to the test and it has been tuff for her....
You sould really do another peice and make it up to her.
Ray Hudson

Winter Park, FL

#20 Jul 30, 2008
Yes I can not believe that a Great news service like the Orlando Sentinel would ever miss a land mark like the the Winter Garden Restaurant.I have eaten there numerously and found their food one of the best of west Orange county.I too would like to see a reprint with a mention of what they missed when they wrote it up.Cathy has been a pillar of the community and has done her fair share donating her time to the community.
Glenda Klauzowski

Lincoln, NE

#21 Jul 31, 2008
I was surprised that Winter Garden Resturant was not listed as one of the resturants in the Sunday paper 7/27. People who are new to the area are not aware of the resturant because it not in the middle of town. You should make them aware of all the resurants not just the ones in the middle of downtown.

Kissimmee, FL

#22 Sep 18, 2008
Downtown Wintergarden Is beautiful!!
I love the quaint feeling you get, all the stores take me back and are really neat.There are a couple that I visit all the time.
The past and present store on main they have the toys that are remakes from the 50's, And the people there are so sweet. I also love Daisys boutique, what a sweetheart She is so helpful and the store is just precious.
If your planing a trip or live in town I would stop you will love it.
The pizza place theaters and all the little eaterys shopping. Truly a great place.

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