The National Retail Federation says that 69% of Americans plan to do some form of Christmas shopping between Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Small Business Saturday and Sunday. The bulk of all shopping is expected to follow the trend of purchasing online. However, local shopping has a lot to offer for the person that is hard to buy for. Downtown DeLand also providesa great experience to shop with friends and family.
Recently, DeLand was named as America’s best Mainstreet. That title didn’t come from happenstance, but from a community of businesses that share the same vision for their community.
Hurricane Irma brought a lot of chaos to our community due to the howling winds, loss of power and displaced residents who evacuated. However, in the midst of that chaos, our community came together. The most obvious place that was manifested was through local businesses and organizations.
Living in Florida, we get to enjoy outdoor activities like bike-riding all year. Of course you may want to go early morning or late evening during the summer, so that it’s a bit cooler. DeLand is great for taking bike rides, and there are some nice paved trails that you can use. The good thing is that you don’t have to live near the paved trails in order to get the family out on them, because there are plenty to choose from. Just invest in a bike carrier for your vehicle, load up the bikes, and head to the trail.
Back in February, DeLand received its first major roundabout on west State Road 44. The highway has been rated one of the most dangerous highways in the state of Florida, and the intersection at Grand Ave. has caused fatalities in recent years. The roundabout received a lot of criticism, as other residents and frequent travelers of the road said that a traffic light was necessary instead. However, now that it has been completed, motorists have become used to it.
It's the dog days of summer in Central Florida, but thanks to Mother Nature, there are natural places we can cool off. Our area is surrounded by natural springs that are a cool 72 degrees year-round. Although the cool water is consistent with all of our springs, we thought we would highlight some of the differences regarding these crystal clear resources that are at our disposal.
Downtown DeLand is a popular spot for great drinks, delicious cuisines and sweet treats. Many locals like to pair visiting establishments with others, making their experience the perfect one-two punch. We decided to list a few of our favorites. Give them a try, if you already haven’t.
Soccer is said to be the world’s game. It is by far the most popular game across the globe, and yet it is soaring in popularity here in Central Florida. Thanks to the Orlando City Soccer Club, Orlando’s Major League Soccer team, the city has been dubbed the soccer capital of the south, but is it more? Perhaps the soccer capital of America?
If you are thinking of starting a business or growing a business, location can be a key part to success. You need to have the correct mix of elements such as a great employment pool, growth projections, etc. Perhaps one of the best determining factors is just having a cool place to work, which makes DeLand a top choice.
Sometimes life brings you full circle. Business is no different, and in this case, it involves the next generation. Swann & Associates was started in 1987. At that time, founder Todd Swann had a good idea want he wanted his logo to be. A swan made perfect sense, and it represented excellence and quality service, the very principles that reflected his business.
Swann Real Estate
Swann Real Estate has been an established part of the local community since 1987.