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Old + new in Lakeland: 10 options for 5 types of businesses

Explore some of Swan City’s oldest establishments alongside new additions to the business + restaurant scene.

Images of two businesses are shown side by side. On the left, an exterior shot of Lakeland Public Library, and on the right, a shot of the sign for BookaReaderville. They are separated by a green divider line.

Whether you’re new to Lakeland or have called the city home for decades, there are new + old businesses for nearly every need.

Photos by LALtoday

While we love reflecting on Lakeland’s business roots, we’re equally excited about what’s to come. As we grow and develop, we’re presenting two options for Lakeland businesses: one that’s been around for some time, and another newer one on the scene.

When you’re looking for your next read

  • Old: Initially operated by the Women’s Club of Lakeland, Lakeland Public Library has served Swan City residents since 1927.
  • New: Opened in 2024, BookaReaderville isn’t just Lakeland’s newest bookstore — it also offers the city’s largest selection of used books.
Reececliff diner at night

Did you know that Reececliff’s menu has been crafted by the same expert for 50+ years?

Photo via @reececliff.diner

When you need a bite to eat

  • Old: Reececliff Family Diner has been dishing up classic comfort food + decadent pies for more than 75 years.
  • New: Recently named one of the best diners in the country, Dena’s Place opened in 2021, but don’t let its age fool you — guests can still find staples like pot roast and liver + onions on its menu.

When you want to pump some iron

  • Old: Known as Polk County’s oldest gym, All American Gym offers a classic weight training room and also hosts power lifting events.
  • New: Make exercise groovy at CYCLEdelic, Lakeland’s newest indoor cycling concourse with high-energy spin classes set to great music.
An iced coffee and slice of coffee cake sitting on a table at Mitchell's Coffee Shop

Don’t skip the baked goods and pastries when you stop in at Mitchell’s — we recommend the coffee cake.

Photo by LALtoday

When all you want is a good cup of joe

  • Old: Mitchell’s Coffee House has been a staple of Lakeland’s coffee scene for more than 25 years — I Dream of Jeanie latte, anyone?
  • New: From September to May, stop by Morning Grind to grab a coffee that also supports Florida Southern College students.

When you’re looking for the latest news

  • Old: Celebrating 100 years this year, The Ledger is one of Lakeland’s go-to news publications — it’s even award-winning.
  • New: Established in 2018, LALtoday is committed to delivering relevant + positive news to Lakelanders that creates pride in place. Tell your friends.
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