“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family:
Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”
~ Jane Howard
Co-proprietors Julie Norris and Chris Blanc are proud “mom & pop” to a tribe of righteous comrades and are passionate advocates for the holistic & cultural communities of Central Florida. Together, they sustain the cafe with lots of hard work, humor, love and a commitment to simple living. Read on for their bios…
Co-Proprietor & Manager
Chris helped incubate the Dandelion concept and saw it’s potential early on. He became primary investor and has spent countless hours in decision making and advising business activities at the cafe as well as working the floor & was instrumental in pre-opening construction.
Formerly the Operations Manager of the Enzian Theater and the top-ranked Florida Film Festival, Chris came home to Dandelion in August 2010 to work his magic on the Communitea and is currently managing the cafe.
Not surprisingly, he loves independent film, delicious food, and putting his considerable business talent to use creating a more enjoyable and conscious community for all of us to live in.
Co-Proprietor & General Manager
Julie is the visionary behind Dandelion and created its’ concept, wrote the original business plan and managed all aspects of the cafe until August 2010 when she welcomed Chris back to Dandelion so she could dedicate more time to her new family. She is still dedicated to Dandelion but is glad to share the responsibility with Chris.
She wants to make the world a better place by being the change she wishes to see. She loves live music, delicious food and watching the world transform into a more peaceful and harmonious place to be. Some of her side projects are listed below.
- Progressive Local Alliance for Community Enrichment (PLACE), Co-Founder & Co-Creator
- Front Porch Radio, Founder & On-Air Host
- Gaia Mama, Blogger known as “Mama J”
- Velocity Magazine, Community Editor
- Edible Orlando, Advisory Board Member
- Central Florida Birth Network, Member
We couldn’t create community or build a businesses without the hardwork, dedication and expertise of the many people who have helped shape Dandelion into what it is.
We recognize and support the dreams and ambitions of each of the people in our tribe, knowing that Dandelion is just but a step in a life-long journey for most. Most of our staff is comprised of artists, musicians, activists and food lovers – all with varied interests but a common commitment to making the world a better place by being the change they wish to see.
Our current tribe are the future stars in their field as well, and we look forward to working with them until their passion takes them on their way. Meet some of the talent that makes your food, brews your tea and gives you bear hugs when you are having a bad day.