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These are our favorite photos of people showing their support. We call it ‘The Light In The Darkness.’
The news has been flowing day after day now with everything about the shooting in Orlando. As a small business, blocks from where this horrific and atrocious act took place, we’re stunned. Stunned that someone could do this and stunned that this could happen so close to home and work.
I personally didn’t grow up in Orlando but came here with high aspirations and dreams to attend UCF. After graduating from UCF (and looking for a job everywhere except Orlando and finding one) I stayed. Orlando has become my home and I can honestly say I love it.
When I went to a marketing conference a couple years ago, the lady at the front desk looked at my ID and said with stars in her eyes, “Oh, you’re from Orlando!? Do you go to Disney every day!?” I smiled and replied, “Not quite.”
From then on I figured everyone thought Orlando was all about the famous mouse. Until now. People around the nation know that Orlando is SO much more. Until now people know that Orlando is home to many people who hardly ever venture out to the theme parks. Until now Orlando knows how close our community is.
In lieu of these tragic events, we wanted to shed a little light on the positivity that Orlando natives and foreigners are showing everyone. I cannot fathom what the victims’ families and friends are feeling but I can stand in support. In doing so, we wanted to show everyone the beautiful pieces of art those near and far have created to show their support. We found these online and are so happy to see the support literally flooding in. Here are our favorites.
Rifle Paper CompanyOrlando Fashion Girl
Do Tell Calligraphy DesignsLake Eola FloristThe Wonder Well Co.Orlando Up Orlando@AroundThorntonPark
Orlando EatsThe Attic OrlandoSugar Loft Cakes OrlandoOutfitters Ave OrlandoOrlando Is Your City The Dinner Party ProjectGet ToastedChantell Cruz PhotoInvanhoe VillageBampana Vintage Orlando@AroundDowntownOrlando
Crooken Can BrewingBarnies CoffeeAshley Brooke Nicholas
Snap OrlandoCity of OrlandoOrlando Farmers Market@Ashalina33Zupp OrlandoDr. Phillips CenterBriarrose And Company@Foodnomade from Germany@Papaworldtour from SpainBonnaroo@Britt.reagan
Support from ParisSupport from Auckland, New ZealandFacebook Facebook
Of course, this last one is our favorite. Thank you to all of our locals and to everyone who has supported us through this hard time. Orlando is truly #OrlandoStrong.