Local Businesses

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.

Chamber of Commerce link to Java Breeze

4 thoughts on “Local Businesses

  1. Welcome to Lakeland!

    Thanks for the Mango Tango tip. Since mango is my favorite fruit, I’ll have to try the smoothie soon.

    Thanks, too, for the link. I’ll be adding Lakeland Local to my blogroll.

  2. Welcome to Lakeland!

    Thanks for the Mango Tango tip. Since mango is my favorite fruit, I’ll have to try the smoothie soon.

    Thanks, too, for the link. I’ll be adding Lakeland Local to my blogroll.

  3. Chuck:

    I can second the endorsement of Mango Tango at Java Breeze. It’s great having a coffee/smoothie spot within an easy walk from work.

    It’s also great having at least three locally owned coffee shops in downtown Lakeland. Each has its own feel and I enjoy all of them.

    Congrats on the launch of Lakeland Local. It’s got a nice look.

  4. Chuck:

    I can second the endorsement of Mango Tango at Java Breeze. It’s great having a coffee/smoothie spot within an easy walk from work.

    It’s also great having at least three locally owned coffee shops in downtown Lakeland. Each has its own feel and I enjoy all of them.

    Congrats on the launch of Lakeland Local. It’s got a nice look.

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