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BEST OF ORLANDO 2007 - GOODS AND SERVICES 


Best recycled home improvement stuff

Habitat for Humanity Home Store
2105 N. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-426-7192
www.habitat-orlando.org

This place is like a giant garage sale; you just never know what you’ll find. That’s because all the merch is donated, and proceeds from sales support Habitat for Humanity. But you can be sure there will be something you need, be that cat food, weed killer, a new toilet, bolts, plumbing supplies, furniture, appliances or whatever. It’s great fun just to go pawing around, and the prices are right. Go on a Thursday and you get 10 percent off everything.

Best socks

Barneys New York Outlet
8200 Vineland Ave., 407-239-9400
www.premiumoutlets.com

Men’s socks are a mixed bag (and frequently come in mixed bags), often sacrificing the glory of expression for purposefulness. Not so at Barneys New York Outlet, where – for significantly slashed prices – gentlemen with saucy ankles can find glorious sheaths to house them: pink ones, polka-dotted ones, yellow and blue, all racked up for the persnickety picking. You don’t have to be gay. It just helps if you are.

Best video store

Stardust Video & Coffee
1842 E. Winter Park Road, 407-623-3393

The cinephiles at Stardust would probably love to live in a world where art-house video rental was a thriving, competitive business; but they’re also probably glad that nobody in Orlando has really given them a run for their money yet. Thus, the eclectic (and surprisingly diverse) selection of movie fare at Stardust has survived and thrived in a world of Blockbuster, Netflix and GreenCine, making it a perennial (and largely unchallenged) winner in our “best video store” category. In fact, there was so little competition we didn’t see the point of even putting the category on the ballot this year.

Best place to buy graveyard dirt

Enchanted Botanica
500 State Road 436, Casselberry
407-767-2061

When you have an urgent need for fresh graveyard dirt and can’t be bothered to stop by the cemetery and dig it up yourself, what to do? Take a trip to Enchanted Botanica, where bags of the fresh stuff will set you back only a few bucks. Less time skulking in graveyards means more time to cast spells, you know.

Best new souvenir shop

Hart & Huntington Tattoo Company
CityWalk, Universal Orlando Resort, 407-373-0718
www.hartandhuntingtontattoo.com

Our CityWalk bar-crawls (strictly research, of course) can reach a whole new level, now that a full-service ink parlor is on Universal property. Next stop: laser removal of the Harry Potter lightning bolt you got tattooed on your forehead.

Best handmade purses

Cris-Dee’s
2021 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
407-830-6900
www.crisdees.com

Stop by for an afternoon (it may take that long to go through all the fabric choices) and by the time you leave, you’ll have designed a one-off purse. This trendy spot lets you choose the style, handles, fabric and embellishments for an average price of about $50. Then they’ll call in a few weeks when your spiffy new bag is ready.

Best place for a Botox party

Copperhead Salon
936 N. Mills Ave., 407-898-6636
www.copperheadsalon.com

Because sometimes a hot-glued weave foil-wrapped in globs of bleach isn’t enough humility to elicit the required “I’m still 30, dammit!” from your more superficial side, ViMi beauty newbie Copperhead Salon – itself something of a mutiny endpoint for the old Wave scissor set – occasionally raises the bar (and the brow) with little pricks of agelessness. Local Oriental medicine/aging expert Dr. Anthony Beck, of SaJune Medical Center and Spa, pops in now and again with his magic juice for a foray into wrinkle reduction. Think of it as a Tupperware party with less regret.

Best place to stretch a dollar

Dollar Tree
1840 E. Colonial Drive, 407-898-6846
www.dollartree.com

While poverty may be adorable in a screenwriter’s context notebook – pursue “happyness” all you like – on the periphery of downtown Orlando’s cobblestoned, upmarket bungalow thoroughfares, pinching pennies is the sport of iron-on ironists. Enter the Dollar Tree, a supermarket for everything you never needed presented to suggest that you just might require a hot glue gun. A stocking stuffer’s wet dream around the yuletide, this longtime clearinghouse for the over over the counter remains an unlikely sociological experiment of pith and pity, ice cube trays optional.

Best sneakerhead haven

Culture Kings
2219 E. Colonial Drive
407-895-3155
www.myspace.com/culturekingsorlando

“Each shoe has its own story,” says Craig Rosen, owner of the three-month-old boutique Culture Kings, an offshoot of the year-old Miami store of the same name. Orlando has ’heads, but until now they’ve been relegated to skate shops and the one shoe resource Orlando is rich in: outlets. Local sneaker pimps Diversitile have already done a customizing gig at the store; if you want a place to flaunt your Jordans or pick up a new pair, this is it.

Best not-cheap thrill

Florida Exotic Car Rental
5555 Hazeltine National Drive
407-382-9988
www.floridaexoticcarrental.com

Let the tourists rent a Camry. You, Central Florida resident, deserve something more … exotic. Perhaps a 552-horsepower Bentley Continental Flying Spur ($1,495 daily; $10,465 weekly), or maybe a Dodge Viper V10, capable of sailing down I-4 at about 190 mph ($595 daily; $4,165 weekly). Just a few months ago, you’d have to get such heavy metal delivered from South Florida, where the exotic car rental industry is flourishing. But now there’s Florida Exotic, a fledgling homegrown contender. As of June the company only had the Viper and the Bentley in its fleet, though co-owner Amal Popat says he can get his hands on anything from a Ferrari to a Lotus. “Whatever you dream of, you can have it,” says Popat. Just bring your credit card.

Best new addiction

Doma Acid Sweeties
Park Ave CDs
2916 Corrine Drive
407-447-7275
www.parkavecds.com

Überbot
480 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
407-788-8237
www.uberbotonline.com

Doma Acid Sweeties are the sickest “limited-edition designer vinyl toys” ever to suck dollars out of pockets. Unlike Smorkin’ Labbits or Dunnys, which are identically shaped items in various colors/patterns, Bomb Eater, Egg Patrol, Punky Box and the rest of the psychedelic gang are all distinct personalities. They’re sold blind assortment, but thanks to Park Ave CDs’ informal exchange program, the obsessed can stand at the counter swapping boxes trying to score Sicky Barrel (one out of every 100 boxes) like a Lotto scratch-off junkie in a convenience store. Those more skilled in delayed gratification can visit one of Überbot’s monthly trading parties.

Best independent, mostly local boutique

Etoile Boutique
1010 N. Mills Ave., 407-895-6363
www.myspace.com/etoileboutique

Katie Reynolds, the bubbly proprietress of Etoile Boutique, brims over with such enthusiasm for her mission it makes you want to … give her money. Her vision of a boutique selling only independent, handmade and vintage goods is a direct outcome of the Etsy generation: Handmade doesn’t have to mean earthy-crunchy. Local labels A Rare Bird, Cocobaby and Cripplecreek rub shoulders with cool-girl lines Built by Wendy, Naughty Secretary Club and Tatty Devine. Come for a one-of-a-kind dress, vintage jewelry or locally made organic bath salts.

GOODS AND SERVICES - READERS' PICKS

Best liquor store
1st:
ABC
Multiple locations
www.abcfws.com

2nd:
Total Wine & More
2712 E. Colonial Drive
407-894-6553
www.totalwine.com

3rd:
Wally’s Mills Avenue Liquors
1001 N. Mills Ave.
407-896-6975

Best wine shop
1st:
Total Wine & More
2712 E. Colonial Drive
407-894-6553
www.totalwine.com

2nd:
Tim’s Wine Market
1223 N. Orange Ave.
407-895-9463
www.timswine.com

3rd:
Eola Wine Co.
500 E. Central Blvd.
407-481-9100
136 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
407-647-9103
www.eolawinecompany.com

Best adult entertainment store
1st:
Fairvilla Megastore
1740 N. Orange Blossom Trail
407-425-6005
www.fairvilla.com

2nd:
Premier Adult Factory Outlet
5009 S. Orange Blossom Trail
407-857-2050
www.premieradultfactoryoutlet.com

3rd:
Erotic Emporium
1520 S. Highway 17-92, Longwood
407-332-0545

Best tattoo/piercing parlor
1st:
Ascension Custom Dermagraphics
2510 N. Orange Ave.
407-898-2013
www.ascensiontattoo.com

2nd:
Miss Heidi’s Tattoo
1739 Lee Road
407-296-8860
www.missheidistattoo.com

3rd:
Inkredible Ink
1 S. Orange Ave.
407-843-3666
7215 International Drive
407-370-3101
www.inkredibleink.com

Best bookstore
1st:
Barnes & Noble
Multiple locations
www.barnesandnoble.com

2nd:
Borders
Multiple locations
www.bordersstores.com

3rd:
Urban Think Bookstore
625 E. Central Blvd.
407-650-8004
www.urbanthinkorlando.com

Best comic book store
1st:
A Comic Shop
114 S. Semoran Blvd.
407-332-9636
www.acomicshop.com

2nd:
Bad Apple
8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail
407-859-3422
www.bacomics.com

3rd:
Überbot
480 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
407-788-8237
www.uberbotonline.com

Best vinyl records store
1st:
Park Ave CDs
2916 Corrine Drive
407-629-5293
UCF Student Union
407-282-1616
www.parkavecds.com

2nd:
Rock & Roll Heaven
1814 N. Orange Ave.
407-896-1952
www.rock-n-rollheaven.com

3rd:
Drop Shop
2422 E. Robinson St.
407-839-6050
www.dropshop.com

Best CD store
1st:
Park Ave CDs
2916 Corrine Drive
407-629-5293
UCF Student Union
407-282-1616
www.parkavecds.com

2nd:
Virgin Megastore
Downtown Disney West Side, Lake Buena Vista
407-828-0222
www.virginmegamagazine.com

3rd:
CD Warehouse
1560 E. State Road 436, Fern Park
407-339-6005
2525 E. Colonial Drive
407-896-7015
www.cdwarehouse.com

Best antiques shop
1st:
Orange Tree Antique Mall
853 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park
407-644-4547

2nd:
Renninger’s Antique Center
20651 Hwy. 441, Mount Dora
(352) 383-8393
www.renningers.com

3rd: (tie)
Deja Vu Vintage Clothing & Accessories
1825 N. Orange Ave.
407-898-3609

3rd: (tie)
Washburn Imports
745 Orange Ave., Winter Park
407-644-0660
1800 N. Orange Ave.
407-228-4403

Best farmers market
1st:
Winter Park
7 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday
200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park
407-599-3358
cityofwinterpark.org

2nd:
Sunday Eola Market
9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday
Lake Eola Park
321-689-2798
www.cityoforlando.net

3rd: (tie)
Celebration Farmers Market
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday
Corner of Market Street and Celebration Avenue
407-892-1135

3rd: (tie)
Momm’s Meats – Popp’s Produce
400 E. Compton St.
407-423-3309

Best health food store
1st:
Whole Foods
1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park
407-673-8788
www.wholefoodsmarket.com

2nd:
Chamberlin’s Market & Cafe
multiple locations
www.chamberlins.com

3rd:
Hoover’s Essential Health (formerly Economy Health)
1035 Academy Drive, Altamonte Springs
407-869-0000
www.economyhealth.net

Best vintage clothing store
1st:
Dechoes
Multiple locations
www.dechoes.net

2nd:
Orlando Vintage
2117 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
407-599-7225

3rd:
Etoile Boutique
1010 N. Mills Ave.
407-895-6363
www.myspace.com/etoileboutique

Best thrift store
1st:
Goodwill
Multiple locations
www.goodwillcfl.org

2nd:
Thriftko
1442 SR 436, Casselberry
407-657-0082

3rd:
Salvation Army
Multiple locations
www.salvationarmyusa.org

Best hair salon
1st:
Twist Hair Studio
3708 Edgewater Drive
407-293-3950
www.twisthairstudio.com

2nd:
Alchemy the Hair Salon
2812 Edgewater Drive
407-650-8022
www.alchemyorlando.com

3rd:
Nube Nove Salon
717 E. Washington St.
407-246-5488
www.nubenovesalon.com

Best nail salon
1st:
Spa Nails
3463 Edgewater Drive
407-999-2666

2nd:
Magic Nails
Multiple locations

3rd:
Queen Nails
Multiple locations

Best women’s fashion
1st:
Zou Zou Boutique
2 N. Summerlin Ave.
407-843-3373
www.zouzouboutique.com

2nd:
Etoile Boutique
1010 N. Mills Ave.
407-895-6363
www.myspace.com/etoileboutique

3rd:
Forever 21
Multiple locations
www.forever21.com

Best men’s fashion
1st: (tie)
Etoile Boutique
1010 N. Mills Ave.
407-895-6363
www.myspace.com/etoileboutique

1st: (tie)
Urban Body
12 N. Summerlin Ave.
407-481-7979
www.urbanbody.com

2nd:
Express for Men
Multiple locations
www.expressfashion.com

3rd:
Thornton Threads
819 E. Washington St.
407-423-9922
www.thorntonthreads.com

Best skate shop
1st:
Covert
2428 E. Robinson St.
407-228-0804
www.myspace.com/covertskateshop

2nd:
Galactic G
334 E. Harvard St.
407-895-0410
www.galacticg.com

3rd:
Vans
5220 International Drive
407-351-3881
www.vans.com

Best bike shop
1st:
Orange Cycle
2204 Edgewater Drive
407-422-5552
www.orangecycleorlando.com

2nd:
Loco-Motion
125 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
407-629-2680
1176 Jake St.
407-898-6411
www.locomotionbikes.com

3rd:
Retro City Cycles
1806 N. Orange Ave.
407-895-2700
www.retrocitycycles.com

Best jewelry shop
1st:
Kismet
1808 N. Orange Ave.
407-894-8905

2nd:
Mayors Jewelers
Multiple locations
www.mayors.com

3rd:
Tiffany & Co.
4200 Conroy Road
(407) 351-3133
www.tiffany.com

Best pet shop
1st:
Petsmart
Multiple locations
www.petsmart.com

2nd:
Petco
Multiple locations
www.petco.com

3rd:
Pookie’s Bow Wow Bakery
1980 West Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park
407-622-7387
2462 Maguire Road, Ocoee
407-877-8666
www.pookiesbowwowbakery.com

Best outdoors gear shop
1st:
Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World
5156 International Drive
407-563-5200
www.basspro.com

2nd:
Travel Country Outdoors
1101 East Altamonte Drive, Altamonte Springs
407-831-0777
www.travelcountry.com

3rd:
Gander Mountain
3750 Flagg Lane, Lake Mary
407-804-0514
www.gandermountain.com


(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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