I am a wife and mother. I also had a career in marketing, advertising, and social media (though now it's only social media...which, technically, is marketing). And, I live 2 blocks from the border of Old Towne Orange. A border (yes, a distinct border!) which I cross as often as I possibly can. I’ve lived here for over a dozen years, but it only took me a day to fall in love with The Circle (formally known as The Plaza) and all it had to offer. I’ve watched Old Towne Orange go through quite a major renaissance over the years. Whatever the City’s been doing to bring in businesses that resonate with a younger crowd, well, it’s been working. There was a time, not so long ago, that I didn’t really shop at The Circle, because while I find antiques to be unique and beautiful, they just weren’t my personal style and The Circle didn’t offer much else. However, that’s all changed. Now, I can find most anything that I’m looking for there...great food, great bars, cute boutiques, gifts galore, ice cream and more! It has really evolved and become a place that has something to offer every generation.
In early 2009, I was pondering the wonderful world of Social Media (which is now, my life) and I was trying to figure out how I could apply social media to something I really loved, to see what could come of it. I thought of 2 things: Food and Old Towne Orange. I do admit, I thought of food first and I launched a social network called ‘youfoody.’ It was a fun experience and I learned a lot about how social networks work. It wasn’t until nearly a year later that I started really thinking about starting this blog and, of course, Facebook for Old Towne Orange. I did a little research to see what others were doing for our great community, and was shocked to come up with nada and I mean zilch! The City had a terrible website (which is now updated) that didn't say anything about Old Towne (still doesn't really), there weren't any other blogs, media channels, nothing specifically for OTO. Unbelievable and a great opportunity for me!
So, here I am and I truly heart Old Towne Orange. I started this adventure on my own time and my own dime and built it to what it is today, what I hope is a great social community that we can all enjoy together. It's led me down a path that I'm excited to keep following, leaving every door open to whatever opportunity comes my way. I hope you enjoy reading along but most of all, I hope you are inspired to frequent OTO more often and explore all its wonderful restaurants, galleries, shops AND antique stores!