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DOWNTOWN BUSINESS NEWSArthur Henry's Historical Marker UnveilingYesterday, December 6, 2023, the City of Orlando unveiled a new historical marker outside the Wells' Built Museum in honor of Arthur Henry, a Black man who was lynched in 1925. Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer welcomed more than 40 members of the Henry family, including Daytona Beach Mayor Derrick Henry, to commemorate Arthur Henry, a 35-year-old Army veteran of World War I. Mayor Dyer stated the importance of ensuring, "the stories of Mr. Henry and other lynching victims are never forgotten," and emphasized reflecting on the region's history to understand the impacts of the past at Wednesday's unveiling. Read more about Arthur Henry's memory and the new historical marker hereWithum's 2023 Year-End Tax Planning Resource CenterWithum’s Year-End Tax Planning Resource Center is a one-stop-shop for annual tax planning tips for individuals and businesses, legislative and regulatory changes and other tax-saving opportunities. From state-specific to international compliance reminders, Withum's goal is to ensure you and your business are informed and prepared for what’s to come. Click here for Industry-Focused Year-End Resources.Orlando Business Conditions SurveyThe Orlando Economic Partnership's Orlando Business Conditions Survey is a quarterly survey that allows businesses to shape the region’s economic landscape by sharing their insight on local business performance, challenges, and opportunities. The survey is open to all businesses in Orange, Osceola, Seminole and Lake Counties and helps inform programs that address local needs. Participate here today.New Venue at Dr. Phillips Center Set to Open in 2024Discover artists of all genres at Dr. Phillips Center's newest and most intimate venue, Judson's Live Experience, set to open on February 6, 2024! Judson's Live, designed with stellar acoustics in mind, features a low-key atmosphere of table-style seating for 150, sharable plates curated from their scratch-kitchen, and beverages from their extensive brown spirits menu. Click here to learn more and get tickets.Congratulations Macbeth StudiosCongratulations, Jim Hobart of Macbeth Studios, for being featured in the City of Orlando's 2024 Historic Preservation Board Calendar! The selected photos were announced yesterday morning at a ceremony in City Hall. The City of Orlando has produced the popular Historic Preservation Board Calendar since 1989 and each is an exceptional depiction of Orlando’s treasured historic resources. The calendar is free to the public and copies can be picked up at City Hall, Leu Gardens, and the History Center, while supplies last. Click here to read more and see Jim's photos!

DTO EVENTSThe Nutcracker by Orlando BalletOrlando Ballet presents the World Premiere of The Nutcracker, an all-new Broadway-caliber production featuring enchanting choreography and stunning sets from December 8-24, 2023 at the Dr. Phillips Center's Steinmetz Hall. Artistic Director Jorden Morris and the creative team have reimagined this beloved classic, promising new holiday traditions. Don't miss the innovative production and a special Family and Sensory-Friendly Show, providing a welcoming environment for all ages and abilities, with adjustments to enhance the experience. See all available shows and get your tickets today!


Meet Black Santa at RTW PhotographyOn December 9th from 10am-2pm, Black Santa will be spreading joy at RTW Photography! You and your family will have the opportunity to meet him for a mini photoshoot with a contribution of $100. Proceeds will be donated to the Xavier University of Louisiana Centennial Scholarship. Book your session now!ArtCube by Interstruct Design + BuildInterstruct Design + Build's shipping container micro-gallery, ArtCube, is set to open Thursday, December 21, from 6-9pm at 814 W. Church Street. ArtCube reimagines the neighborhood’s historic landmarks through storytelling and mediums including projected video-collages, paintings, audio and 3-D printed sculptures. This street-side art opening is in collaboration with the Downtown Arts District's Third Thursday, and will have free parking onsite and provide a free shuttle from the City Arts building in the Downtown Arts District to Interstruct Design + Build. All are welcome!2023 Bowl Season in Orlando!The 2023 Avocados from Mexico Cure Bowl in Orlando is set for Saturday, December 16 at 3:30pm, and will feature Appalachian State and Miami (Ohio) at FBC Mortgage Stadium. More than a game, the Cure Bowl honors and empowers the men and women who are living with cancer today, have overcome cancer, as well as those who may face it tomorrow. Buy tickets here or watch the game live on ABC and simulcasted on ESPN+.The 2023 Pop-Tarts Bowl will feature the Kansas State Wildcats and the North Carolina State Wolfpack at Orlando's Camping World Stadium! The game will kick off at 5:45pm on Thursday, December 28 and will air live on ESPN. Click here to get tickets!The 2023 Cheez-It Bowl will feature the Iowa Hawkeyes and the Tennessee Volunteers at Orlando's Camping World Stadium! The game will kick off on Monday, January 1st at 1:00pm. Find tickets here or catch the game live on ABC.

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