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4 News FEBRUARY 2018 COLLEGEPARKPAPER.COM Southern Traditions Development European-style cafe coming to College Park By David Karch By Natalie Monzon Kim Foy and her husband, Jon Pleveich, opened their custom home building business, Southern Traditions Development, in 2002. Early on they operated out of a warehouse off Orange Blossom Trail and then moved to an office on Edgewater Drive directly opposite from Publix. Now they work out of their College Park home. “We have to be available to our customers at all hours,” said Foy, explaining the decision to work out of the home. Foy describes the business as a custom home- and infill-builder specializing in Southern-style architecture that fits the existing neighborhood. Southern Traditions mostly builds new homes but does occasionally take on a rehab project. The company is known for its energy efficient homes using insulated concrete form technology, which Foy describes as large Lego blocks made out of Styrofoam. Rebar and concrete are used to strengthen the ICF blocks. Foy calls these buildings “hurricane super structures.” In fact, she shared that one of their clients remarked that during the hurricane this past fall, they couldn’t tell a storm was raging outside their home. ICF energy efficient homes pay you back, Foy said, sharing that their home is approximately 2,400 square feet and their winter electrical bill runs about $40 while their summer bill is around $90. Both Foy and Pleveich are UCF graduates who worked in other fields before moving into the home building business. Pleveich worked for Nextel selling two-way radios to members of the construction trades. He met the “cabinet guy” they work with today while at Nextel. Foy worked in international marketing for Disney World, where she gained invaluable experience. She cited “staying true to your brand” and the “importance of quality” as two examples. What do Foy and Pleveich enjoy about having their business in College Park? They love the eclectic neighborhood. Foy said, “Our friends are here, and our customers become friends.” And the couple enjoys enhancing the neighborhood. In fact, helping to enhance the neighborhood are two businesses they own with Christina and Brad Cowherd: The Soda Fountain and The Dog House. Foy said, “We are all about trying to make College Park a better place to live.” To learn more about Southern Traditions Development, please call 407-948-1051 or visit their website at southerntraditionsdev.com. Business partners Michael Brito and Christina Gribkowsky are opening Café Linger in the former NYPD pizza space. They intend to bring back the old coffee culture of sitting down and relaxing with friends. The cafe will have big couches, bookshelves, and a piano to create a calm atmosphere that will encourage people to stay. The menu will feature European-influenced breakfast items, small and shareable dishes, in-house pastries, and local beer and wine. It will also include vegan options. The cafe will have brunch on the weekends with prosecco-based sparkling wine infused with syrups and sorbets made in-house. “We want to keep our recipes simple because we want to work with good, quality main ingredients,” Gribkowsky said. Brito and Gribkowsky met at Johnson & Wales University. They both returned to their hometowns in New Jersey and Germany after college. Their common vision brought them back together, and they decided to move back to Florida. Orlando was their first choice after they witnessed how the community came together after the Pulse tragedy. They now reside in the Ivanhoe area. “It’s been so awesome. College park has been so welcoming,” Brito said. They are renovating their new space and expect to open Café Linger in spring 2018. DEBBIE GOETZ Best friends Michael Brito and Christina Gribowsky have recently relocated to College Park and are excited about their new community. 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