Best Of 2009

Best of Orlando 2009 - Goods and Services

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Fresh eggs from Oviedo
Audubon Park Community Market
Wednesday evenings at Stardust Video & Coffee

Not yet a year old, the weekly Audubon Park sustainable-living market caught on quickly, proof positive of what the group calls an 'organic community in the works.' The eggs are the freshest to be found in town without raiding a coop. Laid in Oviedo, a recent dozen ($3.75) included brown eggs, white eggs, a really cool greenish one, a laughable peewee and several minis with shells as hard as a rock. (4 p.m.-9 p.m. Wednesday at Stardust Video & Coffee parking lot; summer hours 6 p.m.-10 p.m.)

Best place to buy thank-you cards

The R. Nichols Shop
3131 Corrine Drive

Nick Hanzlik's quirky paper-cut stationery has been all the rage amongst fashionistas since his first collection sold out at Barneys a decade ago. Now he's opened a mod, breezy shop populated with his signature glamorous dog-walkers, tree-trimmers and shoe-shoppers, emblazoned on cards, cups, totes and T-shirts. If you've outgrown Hallmark, these witty creations are just the thing.

Best junkyard

U-Pull-&-Pay Self-Serve Used Auto Parts
1157 Jetstream Drive

There are so many reasons to love junkyards: keeping your car on the road cheap, recycling, the endless MacGyvering possibilities presented therein. But not all junkyards are created equal; most keep the good stuff locked away behind tall fences. Need a mass air flow sensor for your '98 Ranger? Jed will pull it for you and have it on the counter in a flash. That's boring and sterile. It's a lot more fulfilling to walk the rows of junk cars at U-Pull-&-Pay, each propped up on tireless rims for access to the underside. A $2 fee buys you entrance to a museum of fleeting happiness and material excess. Who loved that Malibu when it was shiny and new? Did that Vanagon die in the midst of an epic road trip? Do the Celica's deeply stained seats mean what you think they mean? It's heavy stuff.

Best geek parties

A Comic Shop events
114 S. Semoran Blvd.

A crowd of people stands outside in the blazing sun, protesting the Superhero Registration Act. Why would a bunch of guys and girls (yes, girls) gather to scream about fictional legislation? Because there's a free keg afterward. From getting Jeffrey Brown to draw caricatures of partygoers to getting models to walk around dressed like Ms. Marvel, Aaron Haaland and Jason Blanchard know what geeks want, which is the same thing everyone else wants, but with tights.

Best niche vanity project

Vinyl Richie's Wiggly World of Records
2436 E. Robinson St.

Rich Evans and his music label, Floridas Dying, have long been purveyors of the underground, the quirky and, more often than not, the very good (they would say 'the best'). It makes sense, then, that earlier this year, Evans converted a cozy little house into a cozy little record store, stocked with bin after bin of bands that he likes. In fact, you can only purchase what he likes at the hilariously monikered hang. Naturally.

Best place to get chewed on by fish

Fish pedicures at the Spa
1903 N. Orange Ave.

Fans of the classic film Piranha may want to stay away from this little bit of conspicuous consumption. But for risk-takers with foot fetishes or incredibly ticklish skin, this could do just the trick. The Spa over on Antique Row offers a number of odd amenities — cupping, anyone? — but their fish manicures ($25 for 15 minutes) and pedicures ($30 for 15 minutes) present a wiggly-but-pleasant means of bypassing the Ped-Egg.

Best pageant hair for people who like gay people

Copperhead Salon
936 N. Mills Ave.

After the Carrie Prejean debacle about 'opposite marriage,' it's comforting to know that some pageant queens know on which side their hair is buttered. Perky, cute brunette Sierra Minott, who is Miss Florida and placed fourth in this year's Miss America pageant, utilizes the sorta-gay (but married to a woman!) services of one Chris Martin, whose salon, Copperhead, was also featured last year on an MTV program about sci-fi geeks getting married.

Best PR for mixed martial arts

Shaq's secret training

The blood and guts of MMA training fills buckets in Orlando. But who knew that the infamous-in-this-town Shaquille O'Neal has been training here for 10 years at Jonathan Burke's Gracie Orlando studio? Shaq's not one to miss a chance to rile his Orlando naysayers, and reported in May that 'Shaq might just be planning a sparring match with none other than MMA veteran and legend Chuck Liddell.'

Best place to buy a readymade garden

Grown by Suzy and My Yard Farm Audubon Park Community Market

You want fresh produce without questionable pesticides or the carbon waste of imports, but you don't want to throw elbows at Whole Foods every Sunday afternoon. Wouldn't it be nice if someone would grow fresh vegetables for you? Well, they won't! But, next best thing: Suzy Grimm of Grown by Suzy will sell you a portable garden for $50 — organic plants in a recycled container (a cut-off 55-gallon plastic drum or the like) — something you can take with you when you move but will provide fresh herbs, lettuces, cucumbers, radishes and any other plant that tolerates a shallow bed. (Contact Suzy at [email protected].) Or Henry and Gus of My Yard Farm will transform a corner of your yard into an oasis of goodness using recycled building materials and native plants like avocados, key limes, collards and pomelo. (Visit
for estimates.)

Best Adult Entertainment Store

1st: Fairvilla Megastore, 1740 N. Orange Blossom Trail , 407-425-6005,
2nd: Premier Adult Factory Outlet, 5009 S. Orange Blossom Trail , 407-982-2623,
3rd (tie): Erotic Emporium, 1520 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, Longwood, 407-332-0545
3rd (tie): Avant Guard II Dress & Lingerie Boutique, 3985 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-843-1233

Best Bartender

1st: Bob Orlando, O'Shucks Pub & Billiards
2nd: Dan Dyer, Crooked Bayou
3rd: Preston Dehler, Bar-BQ-Bar

Best Bicycle Shop

1st: Orange Cycle, 2204 Edgewater Drive, 407-422-5552,
2nd: Kyle's Bike Shop, 203 N. Primrose Drive, 866-915-3957,
3rd: Loco Motion, 1776 Jake St., 407-898-6411, 1030 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-629-2680,

Best Bookstore

1st: Barnes & Noble, multiple locations,
2nd: Urban Think Bookstore, 625 E. Central Blvd., 407-650-8004,
3rd: Borders, multiple locations,

Best CD Store

1st: Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive, 407-447-7275,
2nd: Best Buy, multiple locations,
3rd: F.Y.E., multiple locations,

Best Comic Book Store

1st: A Comic Shop, 114 S. Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, 407-332-9636,
2nd: Bad Apple Comics, 8110 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-859-3422, 12225 University Blvd., 407-658-9722,

Best Dry Cleaner

1st: Hangers Cleaners, multiple locations,
2nd: Acme Cleaners, 600 N. Westmoreland Drive , 407-841-2301, 204 E. Ridgewood St., 407-872-1040,
3rd: PriceLess Cleaners, multiple locations,

Best DVD Store

1st: Stardust Video & Coffee, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, 407-623-339,
2nd: Barnes & Noble, multiple locations,
3rd: Blockbuster, multiple locations,

Best Farmers Market

1st: Winter Park Farmers Market, 200 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, 407-599-3397,
2nd: Orlando Farmers Market, Lake Eola Park, 195 N. Rosalind Ave. 321-202-5855,
3rd: Audubon Park, Community Market, 1842 E. Winter Park Road, 407-623-3393,

Best Furniture Store

1st: IKEA, 4092 Eastgate Drive, 407-355-3155,
2nd: Washburn Imports 1800 N. Orange Ave., 407-228-4403,
3rd: Ashley Furniture Home Store, multiple locations,

Best Hair Salon

1st: Alchemy Hair Salon , 2812 Edgewater Drive, 407-650-8022,
2nd: Shag'd Hair Studio, 1844 E. Winter Park Road, 407-951-8969,
3rd: Ariz-Michelle Salon, 400 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-629-9222,

Best Health Food Store

1st: Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park 407-673-8788, 8003 Turkey Lake Road, 407-355-7100,
2nd: Chamberlin's Market & Café, multiple locations,
3rd: Essential Health Market, 1035 Academy Drive, Altamonte Springs, 407-869-0000,

Best Liquor Store

1st: Total Wine & More, 2712 E. Colonial Drive, 407-894-6553,
2nd: ABC Fine Wine & Spirits, multiple locations,
3rd: Wally's Mills Avenue Liquors, 1001 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-6975

Best Local Fashion Designer

1st: Katie Reynolds — A Rare Bird Designs,
2nd: Consuelo Bellini,
3rd (tie): Steadfast Brand,
3rd (tie): Reign Streetwear Boutique, 114 S. Semoran Blvd. Suite 2, Winter Park, 407-677-4713

Best Meat

1st: Petty's Meats & Specialty Foods, 2141 W. State Road 434, Longwood, 407-862-0400,
2nd: Publix, multiple locations,
3rd: Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, 407-673-8788, 8003 Turkey Lake Road, 407-355-7100,

Best Men's Fashion

1st: Reign Streetwear Boutique, 114 S. Semoran Blvd. Suite 2, Winter Park, 407-677-4713,
2nd: Etoile Boutique, 2436 E. Robinson St. 407-895-6363,
3rd: Forty VII Clothing, 150 S. Magnolia Ave., 407-412-9204,

Best Musical Instruments Store

1st: Sam Ash Music Store, 4644 E. Colonial Drive, 407-896-5508, 912 Lee Road, 407-599-1222,
2nd: Guitar Center, 12402 S. Orange Blossom Trail, 407-251-6659, 520 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-975-9119,
3rd: George's Music, 6817 Visitors Circle, 407-352-8000,

Best Nail Salon

1st: Magic Nails & Spa, 626 N. Alafaya Trail, 407-243-1918
2nd: Queens Nails, 2614 E. Colonial Drive, 407-896-1707
3rd: Blush Day Spa , 9439 Forest City Cove, Altamonte Springs, 407-770-6666,

Best Pet Supplies

1st: PetSmart, multiple locations,
2nd: Petco, multiple locations,
3rd: Pookie's Pet Nutrition & Bow Wow Bakery, 1980 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-622-7387, 2462 Maguire Road, Ocoee, 407-877-8666,

Best Scooters

1st: Vespa Orlando, 930 N. Orange Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-2222,
2nd: 2 Trax Scooter Shop, 127 N. Magnolia Ave., 407-423-8729, 221 W. Fairbanks Ave., Winter Park, 407-260-8729,
3rd (tie): Scooter Trap, 617 Virginia Drive, 407-896-0016,
3rd (tie): Mod City Scooters, (closed)

Best Seafood Store

1st: Lombardi's Marketplace, 1152 Harmon Ave., Winter Park 407-628-3474,
2nd: Whole Foods Market, 1989 Aloma Ave., Winter Park, 407-673-8788, 8003 Turkey Lake Road, 407-355-7100,
3rd: Publix, multiple locations,

Best Shoe Store

1st: DSW Shoes, multiple locations,
2nd: Beta Retail Gallery, 2432 E. Robinson St., 407-228-1995,
3rd: Payless ShoeSource, multiple locations,

Best Skate/Surf Shop

1st: Covert Skate Shop, 2428 E. Robinson St., 407-228-0804,
2nd: Galactic G Skate Shop, 334 E. Harvard St, .407-895-0410,
3rd: Ron Jon Surf Shop, 5160 International Drive, 407-481-2555,

Best Smoke Shop

1st: Katmandu, 352 N. Park Ave., Winter Park, 407-647-7071
2nd: 23 S. Court Ave., 407-316-0026
3rd (tie): Pipe Dreams, multiple locations,
3rd (tie): Mystik, 10014 University Blvd., 407-681-8300,

Best Spa

1st: The Ritz-Carlton Spa, 4012 Central Florida Parkway, 407-393-4200,
2nd: The Spa LLC, 1903 N. Orange Ave., 407-898-7737,
3rd: Euro Day Spa & Salon, 800 Formosa Ave., Winter Park, 407-740-0444,

Best Tanning Salon

1st: South Beach Tanning Company, multiple locations,
2nd: Manhattan Tanning Company, 653 Maguire Blvd., Suite 800, 407-898-5775,
3rd: Planet Beach, multiple locations

Best Tattoo/ Piercing Parlor

1st: Ascension Custom Dermagraphics, 2510 N. Orange Ave., 407-898-2013, 114 Semoran Blvd., Winter Park, 321-972-8930,
2nd: Black Chapel Tattoo Studio, 693 N. Orange Ave., 407-420-9636,
3rd: Inkredible Ink, 1 S. Orange Ave., 407-843-3666, 7215 International Drive, 407-370-3101,

Best Thrift Store

1st: Goodwill, multiple locations,
2nd: Thriftko, 1442 State Road 436, Casselberry, 407-657-0082
3rd: Dechoes Resale Emporium, multiple locations,

Best T-shirts

1st: Mother Falcon Clothing, 888 E. Washington St., 407-423-3060,
2nd: Reign Streetwear Boutique, 114 S. Semoran Blvd. Suite 2, Winter Park, 407-677-4713,
3rd: Static, 240 N. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-478-1083,

Best Veterinarian

1st: Loch Haven Veterinary Hospital, 2000 N. Mills Ave., 407-896-0941,
2nd: McAbee Veterinary Hospital, 4586 Palmetto Ave., Winter Park, 407-671-5858,
3rd: Downtown Pet Hospital, 110 Weber St., 407-872-2228,

Best Video Game Store

1st: Game Stop & EB Games, multiple locations,
2nd: Play & Trade, multiple locations,
3rd: S & F Video Games, 325 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-539-1044,

Best Vintage Clothing Store

1st: Etoile Boutique, 2436 E. Robinson St. 407-895-6363,
2nd: Dechoes Resale Emporium, multiple locations,
3rd: Orlando Vintage Clothing Co., 2117 W. Fairbanks Ave. Winter Park, 407-599-7225,

Best Vinyl Records Store

1st: Park Ave CDs, 2916 Corrine Drive, 407-447-7275,
2nd: Rock & Roll Heaven, 1814 N. Orange Ave. 407-896-1952,
3rd: The Drop Shop, 2422 E. Robinson St. 407-839-6050,

Best Wine Shop

1st: Total Wine & More, 2712 E. Colonial Drive, 407-894-6553,
2nd: Tim's Wine Market, 1223 N. Orange Ave., 407-895-9463, 428 Main St., Windermere, 407-876-9463,
3rd: Eola Wine Company, 500 E. Central Blvd., 407-481-9100, 136 S. Park Ave. Winter Park, 407-647-9103,

Best Women's Fashion

1st: Etoile Boutique, 2436 E. Robinson St. 407-895-6363,
2nd: Reign Streetwear Boutique, 114 S. Semoran Blvd. Suite 2, Winter Park, 407-677-4713,
3rd: Sunset Strip Clothing, 1198 Orange Ave, Winter Park, 407-248-0800,

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