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Mills 50 – 2015

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total improvements22
amount invested$2,221,078
businesses opened14
jobs created123
volunteer hours791
value of volunteer hours$18,248
private dollars invested$60,192

“Mills 50 has created such community support and awareness with the dumpster art project, the art box project, banner program and murals throughout the district.  Mills 50 is always coming up with creative ideas to promote the district, which helps all of the businesses.”  Curtis Carswell, Owner of The Great Escape Frame & Art


About Mills 50 District
mills50signVisitors will discover a unique blend of independent businesses that specialize in holistic living services, massage therapy, yoga, acupuncture and martial arts. Mills 50 is also home to tattoo studios, visual artists, design studios, photographers, hair salons, restaurants, bakeries, bars, unique shops as well as a winery and brewery.

2015 Accomplishments

  • Received National Main Street Accreditation for the fifth year in a row
  • Transformed eight additional dumpsters into “art dumpsters” using local artists
  • Produced a 2015 calendar featuring the “art dumpsters”
  • Transformed a defunct 30-year-old red light camera into a public art piece, called “Put A Bird on It”
  • Partnered with Ivanhoe Village to produce “The Twelve Pubs of Christmas” Pub Crawl
  • mills50streetCo-sponsored and produced the Fourth Annual Dragon Parade/Lunar New Year Festival, attended by more than 8,500 people
  • Produced “Music on Mills”, a one day music & art festival featuring live music on six stages
  • Sponsored a “Back to School” and a “Holiday Food Drive” for Ferncreek Elementary School to provide snacks for the students to take home on weekends and during the holiday break
  • Organized a “GreenUp” for volunteers to trim, mulch and fertilize the eight Chinese fan palm trees along Mills
  • Held bi-monthly “Business After Hours” networking events for members
  • Encouraged businesses to participate in “Small Business Saturday” and provided recycle bags and door mats to those businesses that did
  • Named “Best Main Street District” in the Orlando Weekly  “Best of 2015 Awards”
  • Mills 50 Dumpster Art Project was named “Best Public Art” in the Orlando Weekly “Best of 2015 Awards”
  • Began hosting monthly “Hump Day Happy Hours” to provide business members an opportunity to increase traffic and get new clients and shoppers
  • Increased membership to 112 community partners, corporate members and business members
  • Increased Facebook and Twitter followers to more than 8,000 followers.

2015 Events – more than 9,900 attendees

  • mills50Music on Mills
  • Dragon Parade/Lunar New Year Festival
  • Breakfast for Dinner
  • Twelve Pubs of Christmas Pub Crawl
  • Holiday Food Drive for Ferncreek Elementary School
  • Back to School Food Drive for Ferncreek Elementary School
  • Business After Hours – Pig Floyd’s Urban Barbakoa
  • Business After Hours – Maxine’s on Shine
  • Business After Hours – BART
  • Business After Hours – True Serenity
  • Business After Hours – Marilyn Monroe Nail Boutique
  • Business After Hours – Lil Indies
  • Business After Hours – Ten10 Brewing Company