Depending on when you arrive at Old Town Bistro, you may think you've reached two completely different venues. During the week, chef David Ortiz and his staff serve up steaks, salads, and pastas. Prizing eclecticism over any particular type of cuisine, house specialties include fish and chips platters with house-cut fries and barbecue sandwiches loaded with pork shoulder that's been smoked for 24 hours.
On the weekend, the eatery transforms into a dance club with a thundering 10,000-watt sound system. Local DJs test the limits of eight house subwoofers, spinning tracks synched to videos on 10 flat screens. The sprawling dance floor keeps dancers in motion beneath a colorful swirl of disco lights as opposed to a colander taped on a spotlight
For the last five years, the technicians at Central Florida Cell Phone Repair have brought ailing phones back from the brink of electrical death. Enjoying a positive relationship with manufacturers, Central Florida Cell Phone Repair has unmatched access to quality replacement parts, and the techs can often repair a customer’s mobile window to the world during their visit. From keypad problems caused by furious texting to broken screens resulting from tossing a phone in the air to hear it giggle, the staff repairs almost any problem on any brand of phone.
Just a short walk from campus, both College Book and Supply locations stock their scholarly shelves with a selection of University of Central Florida apparel and merchandise. Prevent upper bodies from going naked into the world with a men's UCF Knights logo T-shirt, which sports the fighting logo splashed across the chest ($12.99), or prevent head heat from escaping with a washed black ball cap emblazoned with the Knights mascot ($12.99). Ladies can get snuggly while professing undying devotion to their school with a black Knights hoodie (starting at $19.95), or flaunt their Russian heritage with a 10-karat gold Kappa Kappa Gamma charm ($21.99). College Book and Supply also houses an array of UCF-themed accessories, including auto decals ($2.99–$9.95), mugs ($1.95–$14.95), and pennants ($12.99). Shoppers can also peruse the bookstore's tailgate section, featuring a UCF collapsible trash can that students can use to stow away used food containers and uncooperative younger siblings ($19.99).
The Apple-certified technicians at iFixYouri bring broken smart phones and tablets back to life with swift turnaround. Techs can piece together shattered screens on devices including the iPhone 3G ($49), and rescue waterlogged phone books from smart phones by HTC, Droid, and Nexus ($29.99–$39.99). An iPod classic repair ($49.99–$59.99) fixes fledgling batteries, dimming LED screens, and broken click-wheel axels. In addition, the staff aids in the restoration of computers, videogame consoles, and tablets, though prices vary depending on the severity of digital diagnosis.
Signature service: Smart phone repair and sales
Staff Size: 1 person
Average Duration of Services: 1–2 hours
Brands Used: Apple, Samsung, LG, Motorola, Blackberry, Blu, HTC, Asus
Pro Tip: For same day service, please arrive by 5PM
After five years of working at T-Mobile, Deangelo developed a pretty thorough understanding of how smart phones function. He became interested in repairing and maintaining the devices, and decided to strike out on his own. He earned a certification as a Microsoft technician and opened Droid Pros Orlando, where he fixes up mobile devices of all sizes, shapes, and manufactures. He genuinely enjoys his work, especially puzzling out the intricate inner workings of the devices and finding out where they keep their tiny record collections of ring tones. "As new phones come out, I like the challenge of breaking down and repairing [one]," he says. "My knowledge of smartphone repairs makes it easier each time."
As their name implies, the technicians at Data Doctors see computers as patients, and look to cure CPU maladies rather than simply treating symptoms. In the span of a short wait, the team diagnoses the problem at hand and determines the best course of action, should it be repairs, upgrades, or complete replacements. The winner of a Spirit of Enterprise Award by the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University and fluent in both Windows and Mac systems, the computer sleuths root out viruses and spyware, optimize drives with defragmentation and registry cleaning, and even delve into cases to drive out fan-choking dust and infestations of robotic ants. Once services are complete, they chat with each customer to explain how best to prevent a return visit.
The team's expertise also extends to the sale and setting up of new computers, including the safe transfer of data from old hard drives to new ones. To keep businesses running smoothly, Data Doctors can set up new networks, lend supplemental IT help, and recover data lost to the void.