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Check out these veteran-owned businesses in Lakeland

We asked our readers for their favorite veteran-owned businesses around Swan City — here’s what they came up with.

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From restaurants to retail stores, take a look at these six veteran-owned businesses that call Lakeland home.

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According to SCORE, there are around 1.7 million veteran-owned businesses in the US that drive more than $1 trillion annually for the nation’s economy. We recently asked our readers some of their favorite veteran-owned businesses in Lakeland — here’s who they saluted, plus a few more you may not know about:

Will Power Fitness | Gym | 1014 Walt Williams Rd.
“The best shape of my life came from working hard with Will. [He’s a] motivator, caring and consistent.” — Reader M. Sanchez

A shelf with coffee and a letter board menu on the wall.

Visit this veteran-owned establishment for a variety of tea + coffee beverages, including beans roasted by Patriot Coffee Roasters.

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Black & Brew | Coffee shop and bistro | Locations vary
This coffee spot was founded in 2006 by veteran Chris McArthur and has since grown to three locations all around Swan City. McArthur also owns commercial roastery Patriot Coffee Roasters, whose beans can be found in Black & Brew, Hillcrest Coffee, and Born & Bread Bakehouse.

Amy Long, Keller Williams | Realtor | 218 E. Pine St.
“She has a heart for our veterans and knows herself the battles it takes to return and find community.” — Reader Teresa O.

A colorful mural is shown featuring flowers, honeybees, and the words "Dream, Play, Explore."

Artist Kate Hall painted this colorful mural that will greet families who visit Kid Cafe.

Kid Cafe Lakeland | Indoor playspace | 2947 S. Florida Ave.
This new veteran-owned business opening June 28 will feature soft play equipment for kids, as well as a cafe for parents to sit, study + work.

Gaskins BBQ and Lobster | Restaurant | 1614 Town Center Dr.
“Great food, great variety, and owners are very attentive to the staff ensuring top notch food and service.” — Reader Steve B.

Go Bang Supply Co. | Firearm store | 2322 E. Edgewood Dr.
“Great customer service and great products.” — Reader Tim W.

Know of any other great veteran-owned businesses that we missed? Let us know.

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