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By Robert Connors
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Winedown a Great Success for Lake Wales Main Street

Hundreds Gathered to Visit Downtown Business, Socialize


Last updated 2/11/2022 at 10:30am

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Kelly Jeniott (L) and Teresa Behr of Kathryn's Christian Books and Gifts, 205 East Park Avenue, set up a delicious display of Oni's Chocolates, produced by the well-known local chocolatier.

A festive February evening and pleasant weather drew hundreds of pedestrians to fill the sidewalks of downtown for the Lake Wales Mainstreet Winedown event. Some two dozen businesses opened their doors to the after-dark social event, offering complementary hors d'oeuvres and beverages to guests who purchased the $20 tickets.

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Joe Hall, center, welcomed visitors to the offices of his Sun National Title Company, located at 230 East Park Avenue. Hall revealed that he will soon be relocating to an "upstairs downtown" location on Stuart Avenue to allow his present Arcade storefront location to host a new retail business.

Patrons and supporters of Main Street enjoyed a wide range of tasty delights, including shrimp cocktails, pasta dishes, chocolates, a wide variety of wine, beer, and coffee drinks, ice cream treats, and more during the three-hours event.

Lake Wales Main Street is a business-led organization that has partnered with the Lake Wales Community Redevelopment Agency to lead efforts to reimagine and revitalize the historic commercial heart of the city. The group was instrumental in the creation of the Lake Wales Connected plan which will soon construction begin on new brick streets, sidewalks, street furniture, and lush landscaping on Park Avenue and First Street. The program is likely to be expanded to create pedestrian-friendly conditions on portions of Orange and Crystal Avenues as well.


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