Jewel spotting! (Thanks to our pal Joshua for sending this our way.)
You may or may’ve not heard of Hanson’s Shoe Repair, a relatively new speakeasy located in the heart of downtown Orlando. I’ve been wanting to go check it for several weeks now, and just this past week I did so.
The concept with Hanson’s–which is located just above NV on Pine Street–is to text a given number the day you’d like to visit, and receive a password to use for admission. Once in, you can enjoy a low-key, intimate atmosphere. Very cute, and honestly it’s one of the only places I’ve ever experienced in Orlando that makes me feel like I’m not in Orlando.
As mentioned above, Hanson’s is located above NV, on the third floor. This means there’s rooftop access, and if weather permits (i.e., if it’s a nice, crisp, non-humid evening) I highly recommend taking advantage of the patio and the beautiful view of the downtown Orlando skyline. There’s plenty of things to capture your attention right on the patio, like art, lights, and foliage.
The drinks are all handmade and very, very delicious! Slightly above average in terms of price, but again – they’re handcrafted so you know you’re paying for something unique and made with love (I can only assume). And another really special thing about Hanson’s besides the drinks? Wait for it: Yes, a very faint shoe polish is pumped into the air, so as to give a very authentic touch to compliment the theme of this establishment. Fun, right?!
Intrigued? Here are the location deets:
Hanson’s Shoe Repair
27 E Pine St
Orlando, FL 32801
For more information on Hanson’s Shoe Repair, “Like” ‘em on Facebook or visit HansonsShoeRepair.com. You can also see what other Central Floridians are saying, or even write your own review, over at Yelp.
You may recall earlier this year we talked about the Marlow’s Tavern opening up in Pointe Orlando. Well, we’ve recently learned there’s another location soon to open in Winter Park (next month): 1008 S. Orlando Avenue, just north of the intersection of S. Orlando Avenue (17-92) and N. Orange Avenue.
Looking forward to it! Especially gettin’ us some of those amazing, delicious fries. What? Oh no – we didn’t say anything, that was just our stomach growling….
Q: In case you’re not familiar with our series, we always like to begin by having our “spotlight” share something about themselves. What’s a fun fact we should know about you?
A: I used to play guitar and sing in a band in Boston in the early 2000s and played a little around Orlando a few years back. You never heard of it… so I won’t mention it
Q: I’ve known you for several years now, but have no idea if you’re a native Central Floridian, or like so many other residents, a transplant. Which is it?
A: I’m originally from south Fla, lived in Boston for a few years… then made my way to Orlando in 2006 and have been here since.
Q: Your newest venture, Cloak & Dapper, is one of the main reasons I wanted to feature you on our site. An online general store for gentlemen, from what I can initially tell it is a labor of love. How did the concept come about?
A: Well, I knew about a year ago that I wanted to created something orginal and with “taste…” And one day it just clicked… like a hindsight is 20/20 moment for me. I thought… if I were to go out and create a company what in the world would it be? And I thought to myself what am I even qualified to do… Based on the experience I had in my wheelhouse (retail, hospitality, finance and marketing) I realized it had to be a store – which was great news because that’s also what I WANTED to do. So I knew it would be a men’s store and that I wanted to offer a simplified shopping alternative for men… the type of place where the browsing was done for you already and a man could just show up and grab the items he wanted in that moment.. abnd not actually have to “shop” for them. Once this idea came about… I realized it was like a revitalizing of the ole one-stop-shop mentality…. Or GENERAL STORE. On top of all that I wanted to be as true to the conceptual elements as possible.. and carrying exclusively only MADE IN USA goods was the next no-brainer right step. Once this big idea was solidified.. then the true laboring of love took place. And still does. Everyday ☺
Q: One of the things I really like about this site, and the product, is everything is produced in the United States. Why did you feel that’s an important angle and service to provide customers?
A: It’s something that appeals to the modern red-blooded gentleman male… knowing that the item I’m wearing or purchasing was handcrafted by top artisans in their industry… right here in the USA… It’s a badge of honor in not only supporting manufacturing on our side of the pond.. but also knowing the quality of the product… it was made with care, in limited runs, it will be a unique item that not every other man will be wearing. You ever go out one night and run in to a few other guys wearing the same cologne or jeans or shirt or shoes as you? It happens a lot for men because there are less buying options for us. Men all go to/shop at the mall, the Gap or Jcrew, etc.. and even though they have great looks sometimes.. they’re mass-produced and its obvious from the look and feel of the pieces. Sure, eventually there will be more Cloak & Dapper customers and similar items will be worn out on the town… but I imagine when that happens it will be more of a mutual respect… or high five moment.. than an embarrassing one.
Today was my second trip to Toasted. I gave it another shot after my first visit because I was sure I could chalk my first go ’round up to bad ordering. But, you know what, there are 10 different grilled cheeses on their menu. Ten. Not eleventy billion. A restaurant should have no problem making 10 items superbly. Especially when said items are bread and cheese.
I know this sounds harsh, but I’m trying to save you from wasting $5 on a grilled cheese, when you’d be better off going down the street to Panera for their delicious “Big Kid Grilled Cheese.”
I wanted to like it, too. Because even though their logo looks eerily similar to some other branding I’ve seen around town, I like it. It’s fun, and lively, and just the sort of thing we need around town. But, Toasted just falls short.
No, this isn’t a food blog, and I haven’t Yelped it yet, but trust me on this one, save your bread for another restaurant.
It’s that time again! The Orlando International Fringe Festival is a huge annual initiative for the Central Florida community. Certainly a big stimulator for the Arts. And we’re happy to help get the word out about this year’s Festival, starting tomorrow May 15.
For info and all things Fringe visit OrlandoFringe.org. Enjoy!
Our weather has been all over the place the past few weeks, and right now we seem to be experiencing something magical! Curious to know, which season do you most enjoy in Central Florida?