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6 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Winter Garden

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Nov 2017

6 Reasons You’ll Love Visiting Winter Garden

Winter Garden, located about 14 miles west of Orlando, is one of Central Florida’s hottest up and coming suburbs. With a population around 35,000, this town was voted one of the fastest growing cities in Florida, with an increase of 14% since 2010. With it’s small town charm, filled with restaurants, shopping and more, it’s no wonder Winter Garden is gaining popularity. Here’s 6 reasons you’ll love visiting Winter Garden.

 

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Winter Garden Farmers Market

Winter Garden’s Farmers Market has grown into a community staple, with vendors providing various items to the community such as locally grown produce, baked goods, handmade jewelry, homemade soaps, fresh flowers, and various other goods. This market takes place every Saturday from 9am to 2pm, and is located in the historic district of Winter Garden. Live music is provided each Saturday, and the market is family (and dog!) friendly, and a great way to start to see local Winter Garden.

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West Orange Trail

For those who love Florida nature, West Orange Trail is the perfect place to check out. The serene trail stretches 22 miles, from Apopka to Oakland, Florida. This safe and family friendly trail is perfect for outdoor activities such as biking, rollerblading, walking, and even has spots to stop and fish! There are 4 main stations on the trail, 2 of them being in Winter Garden, that provide parking, restrooms, bike racks, playgrounds, and drinking fountains. The beautiful trail is a terrific way to enjoy the outdoors!

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Plant Street Market

Plant Street Market, located in historic downtown, is a local community market with 20 vendors providing organic food and handmade products all in one place. Open 7 days a week, this market is one of Winter Garden’s most popular spots. Some of the excellent food vendors include Jodo Sushi, The Local Butcher, MAC’d OUT gourmet mac and cheese and The Cookery grocery marketplace, providing an array of various local and freshly made food items. Homemade goods include honey from Wild Florida Honey and essential oils from doTERRA. The best part of the market is the business holding it down on the end cap of the building- Crooked Can Brewery. This award winning microbrewery provides flagship, specialty and seasonal brews, and has tours for those interested in seeing how a brewery operates.

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Garden Theatre

First opening its doors in 1935, the Garden Theater is a refurbished, historic theatre in Winter Garden. The theatre puts on dozens of events a year, including plays, concerts, movies and ballets. Some upcoming shows include Annie, The Lieutenant of Inishmore, A Tennessee Walk and The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The Winter Garden Heritage Foundation completed the restoration of the Garden Theatre in 2008, which introduced a 299 person Mediterranean architecture interior theatre. The Garden Theatre is the perfect way to immerse yourself into the local culture, and provides shows that everyone would love!

 

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Downtown Food Scene

The downtown section of Winter Garden has seen a spurt of growth over the past few years, and exhibits some exceptional food and drink options for locals and visitors. The Chef’s Table at the Edgewater is a local favorite and was voted top 100 restaurants in America by Open Table. This restaurant has two options- The Chef’s Table, which provides guests with a 3-course meal presented by the chefs, or the Tasting Room, which offers small plates, craft cocktails, wine and beer. Pilars Martini is another hot spot, known for being the “late night spot.” Decorated in 30’s deco décor, this piano bar is known for their martinis and mixology, and provides all the fun you would want from a piano bar. Rosallie Le French Café is a newcomer in the area, and the perfect breakfast or lunch spot. Rosallie offers a variety of French pastries, sandwiches, salads, and coffees and tea.  While these are just a few of the excellent choices in the downtown area, we’re sure you’ll see more restaurants and bars pop up in the downtown area too!

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Winter Garden Village

If you’re ready to shop till’ you drop, but still enjoy the town’s small-town feel, you’ll want to make a stop at Winter Garden Village at Fowler Groves. The shopping center has dozens of brand name apparel shops such as American Eagle Outfitters, New York & Company, and Old Navy, as well as large department stores like Target, Beall’s and Best Buy. If you work up an appetite during your shopping, don’t worry- there’s 25+ restaurants and eateries, including Panera Bread, First Watch, Bonefish Grill and Chili’s.

Winter Garden is making a name for itself and these are just a few reasons we love this city! With its small town feel, up and coming downtown scene, and the overwhelming support of local venues and vendors, it’s the perfect place to visit and fall in love with!

Are you planning on visiting Winter Garden or are a current local resident? We provide affordable self storage locally at our Winter Garden location!


5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

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Oct 2017

5 Reasons To Utilize Self Storage When Staging Your Home

Staging your home, making it look like a spacious blank canvas, is an essential technique for selling your home quickly and for a higher price. Staging, in case you haven’t bought or sold a home in a while, is making your well-lived in home easier to picture as someone else’s new home.

Your realtor may have already mentioned staging, or at least decluttering your home and spiffing it up a bit. You need somewhere to put a good portion of your stuff until your house sells and you are ready to move. Self-storage is an inexpensive way to keep your belongings safe and secure, while your home is on the market.

Let’s take a look at five reasons why you should use self-storage when staging your home.

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Declutter the Living Room or Family Room

Your living room sees most of the activity and traffic from all members of the family. There is plenty of seating, surfaces with piles of books and papers on them, and your entertainment system with all the components and big screen TV. The walls are covered in family photos and the vintage Star Wars posters you collected.

Does it look a bit overcrowded to you? Is every square foot filled with furniture, lamps, accessories, and pictures? Staging your living room or family room means clearing a good portion of that stuff out.

• Box up extra books, CDs, and DVDs.
• Take down the photos to store.
• Remove the Star Wars posters (sorry) and replace them with mirrors and conventional artwork.
• Take out some of the furniture.
• Reduce the number of electronic components.

Now you have several boxes and some furniture that need a place to stay. A climate controlled self-storage unit is the perfect place to put all your books, photos, electronics, and furniture. Self-storage units come in a variety of sizes with wide doors to allow you to carry large items inside.

Climate control will keep your furniture, electronics, and photos from becoming overly damp or dry as well as eliminate the chance pests will get into your things.

Rearrange the furniture that is left to create open spaces to walk and tidy up any cords and cables around the television and lamps. If you need to clean or replace the flooring, there is now less to move or work around, and you easily avoid getting paint on your furniture.

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Pack Up the Kitchen

Like the living room, the kitchen sees a lot of action, but it becomes the dumping ground for extra dishes, duplicate supplies, and staples, as well as the home for the junk drawer. People buying a new house will check for storage space, so let them see sparsely used cabinets and nearly empty drawers.

• Pack dishes, pans, and utensils you won’t need for the next few weeks.
• Clear out all the drawers and throw or give away things you no longer use.
• If you own pets, sweep all the dust and hair out of the lower cabinets.
• Store as many countertop appliances as you can.

Take your boxes of dishes, pots, pans, and utensils to your self-storage unit. You can also take appliances of any size to storage as well. Perhaps you have a chest freezer that is crowding your kitchen or an extra refrigerator. Self-storage has plenty of space, and you can still access items you find you need later.

If you collect cookie jars or kitchen decorations, put those away, too, so potential buyers will be able to imagine their own things there.

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Clear Out the Closets, Basement, and Attic

It’s amazing how much stuff you can cram into a closet. Everything from old clothes and towels to tools you no longer need. Closets are where you put things away for later and forget about them. People who are thinking about buying your house want to see empty closets because, again, they are looking for storage space.

Set aside plenty of time to sort through the contents of your closets and other storage areas. Don’t forget to reclaim the bedroom that is now a junk room. Throw away, give away, or sell anything you don’t use or need. Get rid of broken items you meant to fix.

Keep enough linen on hand to put a set of sheets on all the beds and towels in the bathrooms. Pack up what’s left and take it to your storage unit.

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Improve Curb Appeal

Do you own a huge RV or a boat? Are you storing a jet ski beside the driveway? You can rent self-storage for those items as well. Don’t block off the view of your lovely home, show it off by taking all your large toys off the property and putting them in safe, secure storage.

Other items you might consider storing are outdoor furniture, a grill, or other accessories in the backyard, so your yard will look as big as possible.

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Get the Packing Done

One of the best things about staging your home and packing up all the extras into self-storage is that you are now nearly packed to move! Many moving companies will make a second stop at your self-storage unit to load up your belongings into the same truck as the items from your house.

With so much of your stuff packed up, it’s fast and easy to carry it all out to the truck. If you have an interior climate-controlled unit, check to see if the facility has a loading dock so the movers can load the truck faster and with less heavy lifting.

A self-storage unit is your ticket to staging your home to emphasize the amount of storage space available as well as creating an airy, open living arrangement that isn’t overstuffed with furniture, appliances, or accessories.

Meanwhile, you are mostly packed to move so when your house sells you will have much less to do to move out. Your furniture has been saved from paint and spills. Everything is ready to be unloaded into your new home as soon as you get there.

You can store almost anything in self-storage to help your realtor beautifully stage your home for a quick sale. You might even get more money for it!

Steve Wright works for Whirlwind Steel. Whirlwind Steel designs and manufactures Sturdi-Storage metal self-storage buildings.