New Bob Evans at Colony Plaza is made especially for The Villages

Bob Evans at Colony Plaza

The newest restaurant addition to Colony Plaza, Bob Evans, officially opened for business on Tuesday. After ground broke on the new restaurant in March, construction crews wasted no time getting the building up, staffed, and ready for Villagers in just under a year. The new Bob Evans staff and management are promising a different experience that is […]

Lady Lake Chamber crowns new board, awards outstanding members

Lady Lake Chamber of Commerce Logo

Lady Lake Chamber held their quarterly business luncheon on Wednesday, during which they welcomed their executive board for 2017 and gave out some awards. At the helm is newly instated President Susan Soltysiak of Thomas Insurance in Fruitland Park. Additional new officers include Vice President Dan Willcox of The Mortgage Firm, Treasurer Jeanne Lazo, Secretary […]

Ocala Chick-fil-A forced to close after failing restaurant inspection

chick fil A

A Chick-fil-A restaurant in Ocala was forced to close its doors earlier this month after failing a restaurant inspection. The restaurant at 3445 SW College Road was shut down Jan. 9 after rodent activity was discovered, according to the Florida Department of Business and Professional Regulation. The restaurant was permitted to re-open the following day.

Gary Morse’s granddaughter named president of Citizens First Bank

Lindsey M. Blaise

Gary Morse’s granddaughter has been named president of Citizens First Bank. Thirty-year-old Lindsey Morse Blaise became the bank’s president Jan. 1 after a December vote by the board of directors. Former president Steve Kurtz serves as the bank’s CEO. The bank has grown steadily through the years, now with nine locations in The Villages and […]

New age-restricted community approved south of Brownwood

An age-restricted community of more than 1,000 homes is planned on the south side of State Road 44 across from the end of Buena Vista Boulevard. The Cresswind Wildwood Planned Development would be built in four phases and would include 500 to 800 single-family homes and up to 150 paired villas. It will be south […]

National pizza chain opening new location in Lady Lake

Domino's in The Villages

The soon-to-be newest restaurant addition to Lady Lake is a familiar pizza brand that has a strong national presence. Domino’s Pizza, the national pizza brand that currently sports over 10,000 locations worldwide, will open a new location along U.S. Highway 27 in Lady Lake. Located in between Subway and Autozone, the location was built on property that formerly […]

Oxford Downs bets on Villagers’ enthusiasm for card games

Oxford Downs Exterior

For the card-playing enthusiasts in The Villages, the trip to find a card game just got a lot shorter. Oxford Downs opened its doors this past summer.  The venue offers a variety of poker games and even has an outdoor race track for horses. The card room is located near the Sumter-Marion County line near Brown’s Country Market. The new poker […]