Dixieland is a historic part of Lakeland, located on South Florida Avenue, and is a tight-knit community of shops, restaurants and art galleries.
With its own unique vibe, this district, with origins dating back to 1907, offers something different from other areas in the county. Fresh, funky, vintage, thrifty, artistic, eclectic and majestic are all words that come to mind when thinking about Dixieland. If you’ve been before, you’ll understand how these adjectives fit.
I had the opportunity to talk with a few Dixieland business owners when visiting, and it was evident they were a group of friends who valued the success of others as much as their own.
If you want to start shopping local and supporting small business and are looking for things you can’t find anywhere else, Dixieland is a great place to start.
Stores such as:
- Dixie Twilight Farmer’s Market
- 360 Unlimited
- 1026 SoFlo
- Bent’s Schwinn Cycling & Fitness
- Dixieland Relics
- Hattie’s Branches
- Junk Prince
- NewTro Designs
- Petals Flower Shoppe Etc.
- Proud Gator
- Raven’s Relics
- Rick Olivo Studio
- The Mad Hatter Antiques
- The Raven Faerie
- What’s New Consignment
- Concord Coffee
- Patio 850
- Reececliff Family Diner
- Subs ‘n Such
If you have the opportunity, stop by the community’s Last Friday event on the final Friday of each month when many of the Dixieland business owners extend their hours through 9:00 p.m. Last Friday events are a fun time for everyone and are centered on a monthly theme. More than 15 participating businesses feature one-of-a-kind art, shopping specials, entertainment and/or special drawings.
Whether it’s the last Friday of the month or any other weekday, we recommend that you make a visit to the vibrant community to experience where old meets new. We are almost certain you will get hooked!
For those that have ventured the community, tell us about your favorite Dixieland business on social media.