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Thursday, February 29, 2024



Ocala diner temporarily closes due to roaches

A diner in southwest Ocala was forced to temporarily shut down last week after roaches were spotted during a health inspection.

Steakhouse soft opening new location in west Ocala

A new steakhouse in west Ocala is currently in the midst of a soft opening as it prepares to take reservations next month.

Bundt cake franchise working on first Ocala location

A bundt cake business with hundreds of locations across the nation is working on its first location in Ocala. 

Sewage backup in employee bathroom shuts down Dunnellon restaurant

A restaurant in Dunnellon was temporarily closed last week after sewage and wastewater began backing up through the floor drains.

Mexican restaurant replacing Cuban spot in downtown Ocala

A family who operated a Cuban restaurant along a major thoroughfare in Ocala for over three years has sold the business to new owners, who are converting the business into a Mexican restaurant. 

Wood-fired pizza on wheels: New artisanal caterer serving Ocala

A new mobile catering company that is serving up artisanal pizzas made in a wood-fired oven is promising to deliver an experience that is a "slice above the rest" all around Ocala. 

New drive-thru coffee shop opening locations in Belleview, Ocala, Dunnellon

A coffee franchise with plans to expand in Ocala and Dunnellon will celebrate the grand opening of a new location in Belleview next week.

New Wawa in Ocala opening with free coffee, giveaways

The newest Wawa in Ocala will celebrate its grand opening on Thursday, February 8, with an event that includes free coffee.

Blue Highway Pizzeria closes location on Silver Springs Blvd

An Ocala pizzeria has closed its location along Silver Springs Boulevard after a decade in business.

Cookie chain working on first Ocala location

The fastest-growing cookie company in the United States that features an ever-rotating menu with over 200 flavors is currently working on its first location in Ocala.

New coffee spot in southwest Ocala nearing completion

A new coffee shop under construction in southwest Ocala says it will announce its grand opening date soon. 

What are the highest-rated restaurants in Ocala?

We compiled a list of the highest-rated restaurants in Ocala. Check out our top ten and share your thoughts.

Attorney withdraws from woman’s slip-and-fall lawsuit against Ocala Infectious Disease

An attorney representing a woman seeking $100,000 in damages from an Ocala medical office has withdrawn from the lawsuit in light of a lack of communication with his former client.

Cupcake bakery in southwest Ocala hosting grand opening celebration

A cupcake bakery that reopened at a familiar location in Ocala several months ago is hosting a grand opening celebration this weekend.

New spin studio opening in Ocala

A new studio offering indoor cycling classes is opening this weekend in Ocala.

Popeyes reopens in Ocala, more than a year after roof collapse

The Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen located on Pine Avenue in Ocala has finally reopened following an 18-month closure to repair damage caused by a storm.

Community Foundation accepting nominations for 2024 Inspire Gala Awards through Feb. 1

The Community Foundation for Ocala/Marion County's Inspire Gala will return in March to shine a spotlight on the unsung heroes who have made a significant impact in the local community. Nominations are currently being accepted for multiple awards that will be presented during the event, including Nonprofit of the Year and Philanthropist of the Year.

390-room hotel, 80,000 sq. ft. event center highlight ongoing WEC projects

The World Equestrian Center released additional details about some of its expansion projects, including a new 390-room hotel and 80,000-square-foot event space. 

New craft studio, DIY workshop opening in Ocala

A workshop space that hopes to be Ocala's destination for "all things DIY" is celebrating its grand opening in a few weeks.

Truck company working on new dealership in Ocala

A company that sells heavy-duty trucks and parts will open a new dealership in Ocala this year.

Ocala woman sues Walmart on SR 200 over slip-and-fall accident

An Ocala woman has filed a lawsuit against a local Walmart claiming she sustained "permanent injury" after slipping on "wax" applied to the floors by "cleaning machines."

Family opens new stretching studio in Ocala

A family with roots in Ocala that date back decades has opened a new studio that offers professional, assisted stretching services.

Plus-size women’s clothing store opens in Ocala mall

A plus-size women's clothing store with over 600 locations across the nation has opened its first establishment in Ocala. 

Gun retailer closes location in Ocala amidst bankruptcy, customer complaints

A gun store that opened its doors in Ocala in 2021 has permanently closed its doors less than a year after the business filed for bankruptcy.