Orlando’s Milk District is now part of Orlando’s Main Streets program after Monday’s city council meeting.

The Milk District is a diverse collection of businesses located just east of downtown Orlando, including The Plaza Live, Se7en Bites, the Drunken Monkey Coffee Bar, Spacebar, and The Market on South, among others. It got its name for its proximity to the T.G. Lee Dairy factory on Bumby Avenue.

The new Main Streets designation means the Milk District is now able to receive financial assistance, technical support, and training to foster growth and prosperity among the small businesses within the district.

“The addition of The Milk District to our Orlando Main Streets program will continue to build upon the successes we have seen in each of our neighborhood commercial corridors — creating jobs and opportunities for our residents,” said Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer. “We are excited to support this unique destination and the local character they bring to our City.”

Created by Spacebar owner Tommy Barger and Dixie Dharma owner Shaun Noonan, the Milk District has become a hip and vibrant hub for small, indie and homegrown businesses, bars, and eateries. It’s part of two city districts, District 2, overseen by Commissioner Tony Ortiz, and District 4, overseen by Commissioner Patty Sheehan.

Sheehan was especially ecstatic about the addition into Main Streets — it’s the fourth Main Street in her district.

“The Milk District [adds] to a very eclectic list of District 4 Main Streets, including Downtown South, Mills 50, and Thornton Park District,” she said. “We couldn’t be happier or more proud of our diverse collection of Main Street Districts. I am delighted that on Oct. 10 the Milk District will become the 10th Main Street — 10-10-10! All lucky 10’s for the City of Orlando. Welcome Milk District!”

Speaking to FloridaPolitics.com Monday afternoon, Barger said he was happy to see the Milk District enter into the Main Streets program.

He said he thought the broad appeal of the Milk District came from both the feel of the local bars and restaurants and the people who hang out there.

“It’s super laid back,” he said. “It’s not downtown, and there’s lots of entertainment. It’s just a little slower and a little cooler. It’s the people that make that area nice to hang out in.”

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