Martin Luther King Day

RESOLUTIONS & DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR.

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Its January! And that traditionally means Resolutions and fresh starts! For me, it means miserable, cold weather. I’ve never really gotten into the resolution thing, and so I just hibernate in oversized sweatshirts and jeans and fuzzy socks and knit hats until March. March is when I start to care if my clothes actually match again.

Give the gift of local. Lakeland Florida

Gift Ideas from Local Businesses in Lakeland

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Shop Local this holiday season! We all know shopping local helps our neighbors support their families, and in turn strengthens our community. Strong local businesses equal strong communities.

Fall Festivals in Lakeland

Fall Festivals in Lakeland

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Fall is here and Halloween is now! I’ve put together a Supreme list of 30 Fall Festivals in Lakeland happening today, Friday, Saturday and Sunday with tons of activities for the whole family!

Local Boutiques Lakeland Florida

Local Boutiques for Women’s Fashion in Lakeland

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Ekim’s Place is all about lifting small businesses in Lakeland up and above the chain stores and big box corporations! Especially now with the global pandemic still lingering and the after affects currently being felt, it is essential to support local businesses and help keep our community strong! Our mission is to re-wire your brain to think local first, instead of Kohl’s, Macy’s, or Chico’s.

Things to do in the Fall

Things to do in Lakeland

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Lakeland, FL is a bustling town that is growing every day! This is my hometown, and I can attest Lakeland is a far cry from what she used to be 30 years ago. Back in the day, we had the movies, bowling, Family Fun Center, Davie’s Ice Cream, and that was about it. We even called our town, “Lameland” because there was never anything to do! You had to travel to Tampa or Orlando for anything exciting.

National Small Business Week

National Small Business Week

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

The Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week for more than 50 years. This year, they celebrated virtually with the theme focusing on COVID-19 shutdowns, how entrepreneurs have pivoted, used government funding, and created innovative ways to survive

Skin Care for the Florida Heat Lakeland Florida

Skin Care for the Florida Heat

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

**(As with all skin care routines, use new products with caution and seek your dermatologist’s advice.) My skincare routine has always been minimalist. The heat in Florida made it hard for me to want a face full of makeup. 7

Consumer’s Guide to Using Ekim’s Place

Consumer’s Guide to Using Ekim’s Place

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

Do you love shopping local? Do you love taking an extra minute to support a neighbor instead of taking the easy route and going to the big box store? BUT - Do you hate getting lost in the web trying to *find* local businesses? We created Ekim’s Place just for you!

Love your neighbor

Love your neighbor

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

I love quotes. They validate my feelings in ways I never think to speak. They hit me hard because I spend a lot of time thinking of clear and interesting ways to convey my stories. When I hear a good quote, I’m like yessssssssssssssssssss! That’s a great way to say that!

support Lakeland local businesses in 2 easy steps

Why Buy Lakeland Goods and Services?

Arts & LeisureKaryn Johnson

“Shop Local” is a trend everyone has heard of. Instead of buying your hairbows at Wal-Mart, the “Shop Local” trend says to buy them at Sawdust & Rust. Instead of eating at Outback Steakhouse, eat at Chef T’s Garden Grill. Instead of sending your resume to Rita’s Staffing, send it to 1st Priority Staffing. You get the idea.