News & Business Briefs

Homebuilder poised to erect new community in Dr. Phillips

Homebuilder Taylor Morrison closed on 107 acres in separate transactions totaling $15.25 million to build two new communities: Havencrest in Dr. Phillips and Southern Oaks on the border of Oviedo and Winter Springs.
Development of Havencrest, which is located off Apopka-Vineland Road and north of Conroy-Windermere Road, will begin in March 2015. The finished community will include 87 homesites.
For more information, visit http://www.taylormorrison.com on the Web.


Diagon Alley officially opens

(L. to r.) Bonnie Wright, and James and Oliver Phelps — who portray Ginny, Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films — pay a visit to Universal Orlando Resort to celebrate the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley.

(L. to r.) Bonnie Wright, and James and Oliver Phelps — who portray Ginny, Fred and George Weasley in the Harry Potter films — pay a visit to Universal Orlando Resort to celebrate the grand opening of The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley.

Universal Orlando Resort’s The Wizarding World of Harry Potter — Diagon Alley officially opened to the public earlier this month, introducing guests to an all-new, spectacularly themed environment crafted by Alan Gilmore, art director for the park and the Harry Potter films, and a talented team of professionals.
After passing through the legendary Platform 9 3/4, guests can now board the real-life Hogwarts Express to journey between Hogsmeade Station and King’s Cross Station in London, where they will find replicas of the Knight Bus and 12 Grimmauld Place, the ancestral home of Sirius Black.
Upon entering the cobbled Diagon Alley, guests are treated to an assortment of restaurants, shops and a groundbreaking new multidimensional attraction, Harry Potter and the Escape from Gringotts.
Additionally, while exploring the streets of Diagon Alley — and its gloomy sister shopping area for dark arts practitioners, Knockturn Alley — guests can dine on traditional British fare at The Leaky Cauldron; sample the world’s only Butterbeer ice cream flavor at Florean Fortescue’s Ice-Cream Parlour; play a prank or two on friends at Weasleys’ Wizard Wheezes joke shop; and enjoy live stage shows such as The Tales of Beedle the Bard and The Singing Sorceress: Celestina Warbeck and the Banshees.
The expansion doubles the size of the sweeping land already found at Universal Orlando Resort, expanding the environment across both Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure.


Organization receives grant to help prevent homelessness

The Brain Foundation of Florida Inc. was awarded a $150,000 grant by the West Orange Healthcare District, which will help to fund the purchase and renovation of a home for four residents who will have a chance at living their best lives possible in a lasting recovery at Dave’s House.
The grant, in combination with the generosity of individual supporters, affords TBF the opportunity to open doors to transform lives, prevent homelessness and build a healthier community in Central Florida.


BUSINESS BRIEFS

The staff at Gentle Touch Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Spa pampers patrons with the latest in anti-aging, skin rejuvenation and wellness services.

The staff at Gentle Touch Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Spa pampers patrons with the latest in anti-aging, skin rejuvenation and wellness services.

With its newly expanded area, Gentle Touch Medical Aesthetics and Wellness Spa at 2723 Maguire Road in Ocoee offers the latest in anti-aging, skin rejuvenation and wellness services to help clients look and feel beautiful. Services include Botox, Juvéderm, IPL Photofacials, laser skin rejuvenation, facials, chemical peels, massage therapy, HCF weight loss and more. Discover why Gentle Touch was voted Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s Best of Southwest day spa for two years in a row! For more information, call 407-877-7003 or visit http://www.gentletouchmedispa.com on the Web.


Hunter’s Creek ER physicians and staff celebrate the grand opening of the facility in south Orlando.

Hunter’s Creek ER physicians and staff celebrate the grand opening of the facility in south Orlando.

Osceola Regional Medical Center officially opened the Hunter’s Creek ER in south Orlando, with physicians treating the first 18 pediatric and adult patients. The facility, located at 12100 S. John Young Parkway, is HCA’s second freestanding ER in Central Florida and is expected to serve more than 300,000 residents and visitors in the surrounding south Orlando and north Osceola areas.


West Orange Chamber of Commerce members help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rocco English State Farm Insurance.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members help celebrate the one-year anniversary of Rocco English State Farm Insurance.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce helped to celebrate the first anniversary of Rocco English State Farm Insurance. WOCC serves as the leading business advocate in Central Florida, facilitating opportunity to nearly 1,000 member businesses through the building of partnerships, strong businesses and commitment to the community. For more information, visit wochamber.com on the Web.


West Orange Chamber of Commerce members hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Executive Properties real estate agency. WOCC is committed to being the leading business advocate in Central Florida.

West Orange Chamber of Commerce members hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the Executive Properties real estate agency. WOCC is committed to being the leading business advocate in Central Florida.


Orlando’s Hampton & Hampton Management & Leasing Inc. announced its newest location in Brevard County. Paradise Property Management of Brevard offers the best services available to Brevard County for single-family residential management. Like their corporate office in Orlando, Paradise Property Management specializes in management and does not participate in any sales. Employees pride themselves on the personal care and professionalism they give to their owners while providing premium homes, condos and townhomes to tenants all over Brevard. For more information, call 321-779-8841.


Southwest resident and U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster (center), a former engineer, visits Mathnasium of Winter Garden to learn about the facility’s math-mentoring services from co-owners Emile (far left) and Sue LaPointe (second from right).

Southwest resident and U.S. Congressman Daniel Webster (center), a former engineer, visits Mathnasium of Winter Garden to learn about the facility’s math-mentoring services from co-owners Emile (far left) and Sue LaPointe (second from right).