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Local First • Local Strong

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What does it mean to be Local First • Local Strong? It means something different to everyone, and that’s what makes the movement so special.

What does it mean to be Local First • Local Strong? It means something different to everyone, and that’s what makes the movement so special. To many, it means supporting the local businesses that were hardest hit by COVID-19 shutdowns. To others, it’s about standing united when divisiveness attempts to tear us apart. But whatever it means, it’s also an opportunity to come together as a community and have some fun! As the Local First • Local Strong campaign took on a life of its own across the community, we were there to capture neighbors and friends throughout Oviedo-Winter Springs breathing life into the logo by joining together to show what Local First • Local Strong means to them. Enjoy this vibrant collage of photos from all corners of our fabulous community.

Restaurant Crawl

During the lockdown, few business sectors suffered more than the restaurant industry. To help local eateries bounce back, Oviedo-Winter Springs Life helped organize a Local First • Local Strong Restaurant Crawl so the community could rediscover some of its favorite grub.

Oviedo Police Officer Jermaine Walton with TJ’s Seafood Shack owner Mary Strickland

Go Ink It Printing owners Alicia Flores and Chelsea Dwyer with her daughter Kinsley and husband Geoff

Seminole Commissioner Bob Dallari, Mary Strickland, Randy Core, Creston and Caren Leifried, Randy Clint, Jeanne Harrison and Cheryl Core finish the night at TJ’s Seafood.

Taziki’s Mediterranean Cafe servers Courtney Bull and Bella Santilli

Oviedo’s Tijuana Flats staff Gabby Spray and Emma Deatherage get into the Local First spirit.

Randy Perry and Cathy Droke with Jean and Matt Bruckert at Dominick’s Restaurant in Winter Springs

Kaitlyn, Molly, and Brian Tadros are ready to start their night at Rock & Brews.

Amy Robl of Signarama and OWSL’s Kristen Denny take a break at Stefano's Trattoria.

Marci and Quinn Gordon with Dawn Braddy and Debbie Pope enjoy some food and fun at De La Vega in Oviedo.

Stefano’s Trattoria owner Alejandro Martinez (center) with his staff of servers welcomed guests for the first stop of the evening.

On the De La Vega patio, Valari Canonico shares a photo of her new pup with Jeffrey Campbell. 

Winter Springs’ Spill wine bar manager Kendra Navarro with guests Kim Picard and Kim Menard

Bridget Lake, president of Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber of Commerce, with Winter Springs Tijuana Flats manager Corey Barfield

Scavenger Hunt

Every week during June, Oviedo-Winter Springs Life led a fun Local First • Local Strong Scavenger Hunt on Facebook to help folks safely pop out of their houses and show support for local businesses and organizations. To play, participants had to decipher clues to ID the business in question and snap a selfie in front of it.

Kara Lee wins another clue by finding a particular photo inside TJ’s Seafood Shack.

Ashlea Hopper takes a selfie at Cavallari Gourmet, one of the scavenger hunt stops.

Kara Lee took the clue for the Zoo Health Club and snapped a selfie with one of the trainers.

Amy Robl figured out the colorful dog caricature clue for the Pet Bow-Tique in Oviedo. 

Katrina McCully stops outside the Oviedo-Winter Springs Chamber office where the marquis outside pays off the clue.

Karen Rodriguez selfies outside TJ’s Seafood.

Gina Brooks figured out the clue “Shopping here may make you thrifty” was the HOPE Chest thrift store in Oviedo.

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