College Park Community Newspaper : CPCN 020117
4 News FEBRUARY 2017 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Acacia Antiques Subway closes in CVS Plaza College Park Partnership changes name but not its mission By David Karch By David Karch By Debbie Goetz Dawn Frey has antiques in her blood. Her mother and grandmother used to own Acacia Collectibles, which was located next door to the present location of Acacia Antiques at 1315 Edgewater Drive. That iteration of the store operated from 1983 to 2008. “I grew up in the business,” said Frey. “My store is a traditional antique shop,” said Frey describing Acacia Antiques. Customers enter a large, rectangular room filled with trinkets of vari- ous sizes, purposes and ages. One wonders about the stories these objects could tell of past owners and adventures. Frey shares the space with two other dealers, in- cluding an appraiser. If you would like to determine the value of an heirloom or of an old object that has been lying around the house, bring it in. Frey also takes consignments. Two supremely unfortunate events converged in 2008: the passing of Frey’s grandmother and the tanking of the economy. Frey was forced to sell the building that housed Acacia Collectibles. Over the next eight years, Frey stayed in the busi- ness by renting spaces in other antique shops in the area. In April 2016, she reincarnated Acacia Collectibles into Acacia Antiques and opened at 1315 Edgewater Drive. The store’s tagline is “Specializing in all things out of the ordinary.” Like seemingly every business owner in College Park, Frey loves living in and operating a business in this community. “College Park is its own unique thing,” said Frey, using a phrase those of us lucky enough to call this part of Orlando home understand. Frey said she has moved away from College Park at different times throughout her life, “but I always came back.” For more information about Acacia Antiques, please call the store at 407-704-7311, or visit Acacia Antiques’ Facebook page or website at http://www. orlandoantiquemall.com. The Subway restaurant in the CVS Plaza on Edgewater Drive chose not to renew its lease and im- mediately closed its doors. The College Park Paper was unable to get information from DiPasqua Enterprises, owner of the Subway. Jim Kersey, owner of the plaza, told the College Park Paper that DiPasqua chose to terminate the lease early. Subway still had the space leased for another 90 days. Kersey said that the plaza is about “to go through a remodel of the exterior and redoing the parking lot.” “We are not in a hurry to lease the space until the work is done in late summer or early fall,” said Kersey. In 2008, a group of business leaders who served in the College Park Merchant’s Association decided to jump on board with the city of Orlando’s Main Street program. It was at that time they began the process of becoming a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and were on their way to becoming an accredited Main Street District within the national main street organization, Main Street America. Over the past nine years, the College Park Partnership has grown, not only in membership but also in the number of programs and initiatives it brings to College Park. They have brought in close to 10,000 people each fall for College Park JazzFest and have hosted thousands more for each spring’s Dancing on the Drive and December’s Holiday on the Drive. The Partnership has worked hard to help businesses, not only by promoting them on social media and through events, but by also initiating a College Park Business Façade Grants program to increase the curb appeal along the Drive. They decorate Albert Park for the holidays, organize clean-up days along The Drive, host business seminars and networking events and more. The decision to change the organization’s name from the College Park Partnership to College Park Main Street was set in place by the district’s board of direc- tors. Melissa Hart, president of the College Park Main Street and owner of Cookie Cousins said, “By changing the name from Partnership to Main Street, we define ourselves as a destination and allow College Park to grow with a greater understanding of our mission to support the businesses, neighbors and visitors. It will be great saying, ‘Welcome to College Park Main Street!’” The mission of the College Park Main Street is to lead, champion and inspire the development of College Park into a thriving community of residences, workplaces, businesses and retailers actively engaged in creating a rich quality of life for all who work, play and live here. 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