Recently Oakland Parkers were saddened to learn that a local favorite, Switchbox Coffee Roasters was closing its doors. To compound the community’s dismay at this news, about a month later, Lucky’s announced it too was closing its doors. But as Oakland Park loses two local favorites there are many other businesses in the works to replace them. Both will be missed, but perhaps these new businesses will help Oakland Parkers look toward the future and all the promise it holds as our City continues to grow and evolve.
Listed in alphabetical order:
AquaChamps Swim School
509 NE 43rd St.
Oakland Park, FL 33334
AquaChamps Swim School has been under construction since last year. It is set to be completed and open in the first quarter of 2020. Teaching your kids how to swim is one of the most important things to do as a parent, especially if you live in South Florida, because water is everywhere. With AquaChamps opening in Oakland Park it will be really convenient for Oakland Park parents to take their children to a tried and trusted swim school for their children to learn how to swim.
Code Ninjas – Coding Center for Kids
Code Ninjas is a coding center for kids. They will offer after school programs in which kids learn to code and have lots of fun doing it. Coding reinforces STEM skills while at the same time builds kids’ confidence and problem solving abilities.
Code Ninjas recently held a Neighborhood Participation Meeting and is seeking Conditional Use Approval for 3407 North Dixie Highway in Oakland Park.
Dapur Asian Tapas
Dapur Asian Tapas had a location of off Federal Highway in Fort Lauderdale, but in 2015 they suffered a fire and shutdown. Permits have been issued and construction is underway. The new Dapur Asian Tapas will be located at 3492 NE 12th Ave. in Oakland Park’s culinary district.
Design Moves Wine Bar
Design Moves graphic design and marketing firm has applied for a change in use of their space. They intend to open a Wine Bar at their current location, adding yet another new destination in Oakland Park’s culinary district.
Linx & Pickles
Haute Dog, Beer and Pickles Co.
1246 E Oakland Park Blvd
The idea for Linx and Pickles was born 7 years ago according to founders Martin Verano and Amos Chess in their concept letter to the City of Oakland Park. The haute doggery will serve up one of America’s favorite fast foods, the hot dog, but with a healthy new twist. Their gourmet hot dogs will be sourced from natural and organic supplies. The toppings will include a variety of pickles, unique sauces and relishes and an array of different breads. Patrons will also be able to choose delicious craft beers to accompany their gourmet dogs. The restaurant will also service artisanal sausage sandwiches, vegan foods, and fresh salads.
“Our goal is to be active members of the Oakland Park Culinary scene, using and purchasing from local purveyors and businesses, and invigorating the support of local businesses around us”.
Linx and Pickles is awaiting approval from the City’s Development Review Committee (DRC).
Oak Tree Homes by Pulte
Years ago the Oak Tree Golf course, a public golf course, closed its doors. Pulte builders acquired the property for a cool $31 million dollars and submitted plans to develop to the City to build just over 400 townhomes and homes on the property. The plans were approved in the last quarter of 2019 and soon after Pulte began preparing the land for construction. Signs have gone up, but according to one Pulte representative, Oakland Park residents won’t see model homes there until the Summer 0f 2020.
O2 Oakland Apartments
On the site of the old Solid Gold strip club developers are working on submitting permits for O2 apartments. According the the plans the O2 building will have seventy-eight 400 square foot studio apartments, seventy-four 525 square foot 1 bedroom apartments, seventy-three 525 square foot 1 bedroom apartments, and forty-nine 800 square foot 2 bedroom apartments.
Sirulnik Restaurant and Bar
This building will have a ground floor 1,200 square foot restaurant and bar. There will also be outdoor patio seating facing Dixie Highway. On the second floor there will be two 700 square foot 1/1 apartments. Construction is slated to begin in the Fall of 2020. This project will add another new dining option to downtown Oakland Park and its new vibe.
There has been a lot of speculation about what will replace the Checker’s in the Home Depot parking lot off of Oakland Park Blvd. To the joy of many we now know that it will be the wildly popular Wawa gas station. Permits have been issued for this project and construction should already be underway.
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Désirée Ávila has called Oakland Park her home for over 31 years. In addition to publishing LivingInOaklandPark.com , Désirée publishes three other blogs and has been featured in print publications, locally and abroad. Désirée was an award winning teacher for 10 years and has a doctoral level education in Educational Technology. She is currently a licensed Florida Realtor® and is committed to a high-level of professionalism and to helping others with their real estate endeavors through education. Désirée is fluent in Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italian.