Community Redevelopment Agency
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28 Feb, 2017 No Comments

5 New Businesses In Downtown Sebring

Downtown Sebring is lucky to have 5 businesses open and/or relocate within the Community Redevelopment Agency’s district. It is a pleasure to welcome Under Pressure Sports, 648 S. Commerce Ave; The Grateful Hearts, 115 N. Ridgewood Drive; The Lazy Dog Pub & Grille, 113 S. Commerce Ave; Signs by Signtastic, 242 S. Ridgewood Drive, and Wide Open Performance & PowerSports, 838 N. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring FL (coming soon).

With such diversity, it’s promised that Downtown Sebring has something just for you. Looking for a new place to eat & drink? Visit The Lazy Dog Pub & Grille. Are you into a wide variety of sports? Underpressure Sports has you covered from scuba diving to paintballs and more. Are you tired of making messes at home while trying to complete your DIY projects? The Grateful Hearts serves as the ultimate craft station, fully equipped with supplies and great ideas. In need of signs, banners or vehicle lettering? Signs By Signtastic is here to take care of you. Need your motorcycle or ATV fixed? Wide Open Performance & PowerSports is your new shop, offering a wide arrange of services. Also, congratulations are in order to Legacy Bicycles for successfully relocating to 204. S. Ridgewood Drive, Sebring Fl. Their new shop looks amazing.

Since the opening of the businesses mentioned above, the Downtown Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency has received great feedback. According to Ford Turner from Under Pressure Sports, “Sales has risen by 20% since relocating to downtown Sebring, due to the foot traffic.” Come see what the buzz is all about in Downtown Sebring.

Under Pressure Sports, 648 S. Commerce Ave. / (863) 402-2100

The Grateful Hearts, 115 N. Ridgewood Drive. / (863) 471-0611

 The Lazy Dog Pub & Grille, 113 S. Commerce Ave. @TheLazyDogPub / (863) 385-0171

Signs by Signtastic, 242 S. Ridgewood Drive. @Signsby.Signtastic / (863) 402-1800

Wide Open Performance & PowerSports, 838 N. Ridgewood Drive (opening soon) / (863) 214-8558

Legacy Bicycles, 204. S. Ridgewood Drive. (863) 471 – 2453

07 Feb, 2017 No Comments

Special Offers in Downtown Sebring for February

For the month of February, small businesses unite in an effort to create a friendly environment with special offers for everyone to enjoy.

Participating businesses and their offers are: Highlands Little Theatre, 356 W. Center Ave. Buy a ticket for any show and receive a free Valentine’s gift (while supplies last); Doggie Stylz By Leslie, 131 E. Center Ave. Receive $5 off grooming services by mentioning this article; NU2U of Sebring, 647 S. Commerce Ave. Save 15% off jewelry and framed art, up to $25 per item; Gene Brenner Pottery, 104 Circle Park Drive, receive 20% off all paintings during the month of February.

More discounts available via the Buy Downtown Sebring program. To learn more about downtown’s favorite discount card via, click here.

07 Feb, 2017 No Comments

Rev Your Taste Buds; Race to Taste Gala Tickets On Sale

Rev your taste buds! The third annual Race to Taste Gala, a social event celebrating the ’12 Hours of Sebring’ race festivities and featuring wines, beers and food pairings native to several race-themed countries (France, Italy, Greece, Australia and Japan), a silent auction, a dessert bar, music, art, and race-inspired fun, will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25 from 6-9 PM at the Sebring Civic Center with proceeds benefiting local art education.

“The Race to Taste Gala is a first class event that brings the community together to kick off and celebrate the annual 12 Hours of Sebring,” said Mayor John Shoop, who will be the emcee for the event. “Attendees are treated to a night of ‘dining around the world’ right here in Sebring to celebrate our international racing weekend.”

Restaurants sponsors include Cang Tong (Japan), Island View Restaurant & Pub (Australia), Dimitri’s Family Restaurant (Greece), Olive Garden (Italy), the Palms of Sebring (France) and Dee’s Place (dessert). Wine is sponsored by Total Wine & More. Live painting will be conducted on-site during the event by HAL instructors Donna Scherlacher & JD Dagda.

Wine, beer, and food pairings are included with ticket prices. Cash liquor bar available. Sponsorship information is available by contacting the HAL office at (863) 385-6682 or via email at Tickets are available online at All or a portion of your donation may be tax deductible. Please consult with your financial advisor. Tickets are limited; $50 for HAL members with advance purchase and $60 for nonmembers and at the door while available. Complimentary tickets are available for Platinum Level Art League members. Attire is dressy cocktail.


Funds raised will allow future growth and opportunity for the Highlands Art League’s efforts to continue to bring art and culture to the Highlands County area, particularly kids art education. The mission of the HAL is to encourage emerging and evolving artists of all ages and to positively impact our community through the celebration and exploration of the arts.

The Highlands Art League, a 501 c3 non-profit organization. presents programs throughout the year which includes the Annual Fine Arts & Crafts Festival, art exhibitions, art competitions and receptions at Highlands Museum of the Arts, Artist Studios and artist housing for continued education. The Highlands Art League provides creative arts education for the local community consisting of a variety of art classes including photography, acrylics, watercolor, Creative Kids Summer Camp, culinary, drawing, creative writing, and more, all taught by local and regional artists as well as visiting artists.

For more information about HAL or to purchase tickets, visit or call (863) 385-6682.

02 Feb, 2017 No Comments

Art, Heart & Soul in Downtown Sebring

The Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites you to Celebrate “Art, Heart & Soul” in Downtown Sebring during the month of February 2017. Join us as small businesses unite in an effort to create a friendly environment with special offers and activities for all.



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20 Jan, 2017 No Comments

Contemporary Art Exhibit ‘Broad Spectrum’ Opens Feb. 10

The Highlands Museum of the Arts (MoTA) is pleased to announce its newest exhibit “Broad Spectrum” by abstract artist Nathan Beard will open on Friday, Feb. 10 with an Opening Reception from 5-7 PM. Beard’s work is an abstract representation of the fleeting moments of everyday life. It is based upon a recollection of the sensations, colors and space he perceived in those moments.

“I am inspired by the density and variety of Floridian flora and am conceptually drawn to interweaving layers and metaphorical application to memory recall and moments of time,” Beard stated.

Beard received a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Colorado State University and has a studio located in St. Petersburg, Florida.

“We are thrilled to host Nathan’s exhibit that brings contemporary art to MoTA with such beautiful pieces from a very talented artist,” said HAL President Barb Hall. “This exhibit helps fulfill the mission of MoTA to “enrich lives in our diverse community by fostering essential conversations and encouraging creativity through exhibitions and educational activities that explore various types of art in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas.”

MoTA is located at 351 W. Center Avenue in Downtown Sebring’s Allen Altvater Cultural Center on the shores of Lake Jackson. MoTA hours are Monday-Friday from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM and by appointment. Group tours are welcome with advance notice. For more information, please visit or call (863) 385-6682.

18 Jan, 2017 No Comments

New Participating Businesses in the Buy Downtown Program

The Buy Downtown Sebring discount card program just added a couple of new participating businesses.

For those unaware of the program and its benefits, it is a discount card that connects the Downtown Sebring businesses with the buying power of the local community. It’s the perfect way for consumers to save money and businesses to build foot traffic in Downtown Sebring.

New businesses participating are; Up Next Barbershop, 107 W Center Avenue; Lil’ Rustic, 104 N Ridgewood Drive; Shabby Sheek Plus, 131 E Center Avenue; Riles Pump, 558 N Ridgewood Drive; Skin Deep Body Art, 313 S Ridgewood Drive, Ciara’s Beauty Studio, 1548 Lakeview Drive;  Cobra Transmissions, 126 E Center Ave; and Lazy Dog Pub & Grille, 113 S. Commerce Avenue; all found in the Community Redevelopment Agency’s district in Downtown Sebring.

It’s free to join, so get your Buy Downtown Sebring card and start saving today. For information on how to get a card and further details on discounts, click here.

09 Jan, 2017 No Comments

Polymer Exhibit Open House

Alice Stroppel’s Studio 215 will be hosting a Polymer Exhibit Open House with 5 top polymer clay artists from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 21st. Watch and learn as they showcase, and create vibrant art right before your eyes. The polymer exhibit will be held at 215 North Ridgewood in downtown Sebring. For more info call (863) 402-4652 and/or visit

09 Jan, 2017 No Comments

You Are Invited To This Year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

You are invited to join the community for this year’s Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in the attempt to unite all people in our community regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual orientation, age or disability and pay respect to the teachings of Martin Luther King. 
This year’s parade takes place from 12-1 p.m.  Monday, Jan. 16th. The parade starts on East Center Street, towards and around Circle Park Drive. ending at the Boys & Girls club. For more information call 863-381-5485 and/or visit
04 Jan, 2017 No Comments

Highlands County Art Instructors Featured as HAL’s Yellow House Gallery January Artists of the Month

The Highlands Art League’s (HAL) Yellow House Gallery & Gift Shop is celebrating the original artwork of many of Highlands County’s talented art instructors, including MOFAC Curator Megan Steppe, South Florida State College (SFSC) instructor Karla Respress and Lake Placid High School art instructor Andrea Hammett, who are the Gallery’s January Artists of the Month.

“We appreciate our local art instructors in our public schools as well as at South Florida State College,” said HAL President Barb Hall. “This exhibit is an opportunity for them to showcase their talents and create lasting artistic impressions not only on our students but on our entire community.”

On Friday, Jan. 13, the Yellow House will hold a reception from 5-8 p.m. celebrating the original artwork of these wonderful art instructors. The Yellow House Gallery is open Thursday-Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m, and Saturdays 10 am-2 p.m.

Please plan to stop by the Yellow House Gallery at 1989 Lakeview Drive to celebrate the work of these talented artists, as well as the various Studio Artists and Members’ Gallery. Admission to the reception is free and will feature live music by Steve Jones, as well as refreshments and wine. For information, visit or call the Yellow House at (863) 385-6682.

30 Dec, 2016 No Comments

Health & Wellness in Downtown Sebring

The Sebring Community Redevelopment Agency (CRA) invites you to Celebrate “Shop, Wrap & Roll” in Downtown Sebring during the month of December 2016. Join us as small businesses unite in an effort to create a friendly environment with special offers and activities for all.

Feel free to sign up for our monthly newsletter and get the news sent directly to your email. “Sign Me Up”

Visit our monthly theme promotion page to learn more about events and promotional offers occurring in downtown Sebring throughout the month of November 2016.