As with all websites, Lakeland Local will reflect the biases of the writers. In my case, one bias is a preference for locally owned businesses. I’ve always tried to shop in stores that are owned and operated by citizens of my community.
This website doesn’t take advertising. So you’ll never see a business featured here because they paid for the mention. The businesses will be places where I spend my cash…and I’m particular.
That said: there is a relatively new coffee and smoothie shop in downtown Lakeland. Java Breeze is at the corner of South Florida and Lime Street (401 S. Florida). The little shop is owned by Denise and Steve Brown, who run their title and video companies in the same building.
I haven’t met the Browns, but I have met the shop staff. They’re friendly, very welcoming to new customers, and they make a tasty Mango Tango. Most of the patrons seem to arrive by car — there is a parking lot next to the shop that is easy to get in and out of for both S. Florida and Lime — but it isn’t much of a walk for those working downtown or at the Ledger building.
They have coffee cakes, donuts, assorted snacks and deserts available, but I can’t testify to their taste. Yeah, I have to watch my diet. However, I can easily recommend that Mango Tango.