DeLand

A Museum Dedicated to Medicine & Elephants

Sitting atop a hill in DeLand, Florida is an old hospital that's been around since the 1920s. The stately building was constructed during the land boom era and dedicated to the service men of World War II. After falling into a state of disrepair, th...

A Sad Reminder of Florida’s Past

During the early 1900s in Florida, prisoners were often leased to corporations for road work, timber harvesting and turpentining. Historians say the men were often chained together (photo below) and transported to work sites using convict cage wagons...

A New Home for Florida Coffee Makers

Clay Cass started roasting coffee a decade ago. His passion turned into a full-fledged business several years later when Clay, along with his wife Michelle, launched Trilogy Coffee Roasting Company in Central Florida. "It was born out of my passion ...

Florida’s Best Luxury Barber Shops

I hate to break it to you ladies, but men like to be pampered just as much as you. For years, I’ve been purchasing spa certificates for my wife on special occasions like her birthday and Valentine’s Day, and in return, she gets a day of R & R on...

This Primitive Island is the Perfect Florida Getaway

If you’re looking to get in touch with Florida’s more primitive side, look no further than Hontoon Island State Park in DeLand. First inhabited centuries ago by the Timucuan Indians, Hontoon Island is an isolated slice of Florida virtually untouched...

Creatives Shine

Four times a year, the alleyway between West New York Avenue and West Georgia Avenue in downtown DeLand comes alive with a one-of-a-kind market you won't find anywhere else in Florida. Event planner Courtney Ford Hamil, along with her husband Rusty,...

Urban Brick Focuses On Clean Eating & Pizzettas

Rosemarie Morelli's first exposure to Deland, Florida was in 2011. She traveled to the area to help her son and daughter-in-law open a new yogurt shop called Berryville on Woodland Boulevard. During her stay, Morelli says she fell in love with the c...

Downtown Transformation

Courtney Ford Hamil is passionate about her hometown. She beams ear to ear when talking about DeLand. "I love this town. I grew up here. But it was not this cool growing up here." In the last few years, Hamil has been at the forefront of turning th...

The Most Laid-Back Barber Shop in Florida

Cody Garrett would like to keep his DeLand barbershop on the downlow. He doesn’t advertise and, at the moment, only accepts walk-ins. Guys put their name on a chalk board, are given a time estimate and then can sit on one of the old wooden benches an...