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Our Philosophy

We are driven by our love for Florida and our love for Lakeland. We want our customers to always feel special and to know that when they shop with us they are supporting many small business owners and self employed artists and craftspeople.

Our Story

In 2013 award winning Lakeland artist Mary Witte opened 1026 SoFlo to provide a venue for local artists to showcase and sell their work. Over several years the shop evolved to include a boutique, a custom clothier, a working studio, and a gift shop. In 2016 Mary's life changed direction and she sold the shop to Lakeland native Christine Boring. Christine and her husband Jon, a photographer, have been supporters of the arts community in Lakeland for many years and Christine takes great joy in providing a platform for up and coming artists. Mary Witte's influence continues to shape SoFlo and her artwork is featured in the gallery.

Today SoFlo is home to a gift shop featuring Florida and Lakeland themes, Denise Everett Aesthetic Aessentials, and the Shelly Coquina Boutique with unique and lovely clothing, shoes and accessories for women. It is always our goal to make your visit an enjoyable one. We make shopping fun!

We are proud to represent the following featured artists: Mary Witte, Shirley Bernard, Jane Bryant, Ruby Schwarzchild. These talented, well known artists maintain gallery space with us and you will always find something wonderful from them right here at SoFlo.

Current Artists on display are: Jon Boring, Scott West, Phil Coture, Julian Simon,  Kimberly McCole, Natasha Monnalisa, Elaine Nutter, Janet Sams, Lisa Young and Angela Hansen. Come by and see us and view the wide variety of artistic styles and media produced by these great local artists. You are sure to find something to please.



We Are SoFlo

 Artists, Craftspersons, Creative Folks

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Christine Boring


Christine Boring is a native of Lakeland, where she and her husband Jon have long been involved in Lakeland's art community. She worked with Arts on the Park and Platform Art prior to becoming the owner of SoFlo.


Barbara Boulerice


Barbara Boulerice has spent her life in Lakeland. She began her working career in retail and eventually owned her own retail business. Her love of children led her to become a pre-school teacher, which is where she spends her time when she's not at the shop.


Shelly Coquina

Beach Bum 

Island dweller, self-taught artist, seamstress and maker of things.

We'd Love to Meet You! you are looking for just the right piece of art or home decor, a gift for a special person or something lovely to wear, you can find it at SoFlo Lakeland. We are here to make shopping fun again!