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Made in Kissimmee: Getting Creative in Central Florida

Here in Kissimmee, we make vacations. We make Instagrammable, enviable, downright magical vacations. But we make more than vacations, too! Kissimmee is the kind of place where your imagination can run wild. Whether it’s arts, crafts, or creativity in the kitchen, Kissimmee has no shortage of talented folks working to leave their own distinctive mark on our town. When you begin planning your next visit to Kissimmee, here are a few of the local spots that should be on your radar.

Leia Perez at Candyland Designs Co.

If you’re craving something for your sweet tooth here in Kissimmee, Candyland Designs Co. is the place to go. Founded by Leia Perez, Candyland Designs Co. offers custom-made cakes and treats that are certain to impress your eyes and your stomach. They’re edible works of art!

A custom cake from CandyLand designs in Central Florida.
Photo via Candyland Designs Co.

Best of all, you can get in on the baking while you’re here. Candyland Designs Co. offers classes for bakers of all ages, as well as parties where you can decorate your own cookies, cupcakes, and cakes!

Big John Glover at Big John’s Rockin’ BBQ

You can hardly mention BBQ in Kissimmee without thinking of Big John Glover and his mouth-watering BBQ joint! And with just one bite you’ll understand why. His inventive homemade sauces and delicious sides are made from top-secret family recipes. Big John himself is a local legend, known as the “Chief BBQ Smoker”, who has been perfecting his craft for decades. Whether you’re stopping by alone or with a group of friends and family, Big John is sure to make you feel at home in his Rockin’ BBQ, right here in Kissimmee! (Pro tip: order his famous slow-smoked brisket.)

A plate of BBQ.Photo via Big John's Rockin' BBQ.

The Artists of Gallery One Artists

For nearly 20 years Gallery One Artists has been putting the talent of Central Florida’s local artists on display for the world. Located in Downtown Kissimmee, Gallery One Artists is owned by its artist members and is the largest gallery in Osceola County. With over 300 pieces of original art in a wide variety of mediums, you’ll love seeing the creative flare Kissimmee artists bring to our city. While you’re here, browse for the perfect piece of jewelry, stained glass, or painting to bring home for yourself, or a cute greeting card for someone special. 

Jackie Espinosa of the Matador Tacos and Tapas Bar

If you’ve spent time in Kissimmee, you probably know all about the Kissimmee Diner. After all, this iconic spot—originally known as Joanie’s Diner—has been serving up home-style deliciousness for over 30 years. What you may not know is that owner Jackie Espinosa has been hard at work bringing another restaurant to life on Broadway—the Matador Tacos and Tapas Bar.

Tacos and tapas at the Matador in Central Florida.
Photos via Matador Tacos and Tapas Bar

Jackie’s fusion of Mexican and Spanish food is downright inspired. Best of all, Espinosa believes the atmosphere is just as important as the food, which is why you’ll find a wide range of entertainment—from mariachi bands and dancers to classic live jazz musicians—performing on any given evening throughout the week. Spice up your vacation and swing by the Matador during your next trip to Florida!

You and Your Fam at Crayola Experience Orlando

Who’s our fifth “Made in Kissimmee” creative genius? You! Pay a visit to the Crayola Experience when you’re in Kissimmee and let your inner artist run free.

A little girl holds up a piece of art created at the Crayola Experience in Florida.Photo via the Crayola Experience.

This colorful family attraction at The Florida Mall offers 26 different hands-on activities that help you explore art and technology. Turn a snap from a photo-booth into a coloring book page, watch your coloring creation come to life using augmented reality tech, use melted crayon wax to make an abstract masterpiece, and so much more!

Making Their Mark, Right Here In Kissimmee

These are only a few of the folks who make Kissimmee such an excellent place to visit! So you have a favorite local artist, chef, or musician? Let us know who they are and why you love them on our Facebook page or over on Twitter.

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