Best Of 2019

Best New 'Do
Photo by Michael Lothrop

Adaptive building reuse at new Alchemy Hair Salon

600 N. Bumby Ave.,

When Alchemy began the slow process of consciously uncoupling with its longtime location in 2018, stakes were high to find a building just as special as that little College Park space. Inspiration struck in the form of a long-empty building on Bumby, and the team applied for and received an adaptive reuse grant from the city of Orlando. The sustainable practice of adaptive reuse recycles existing building stock rather than continuing the expensive cycle of tearing down old buildings and putting up new ones – which wastes both time and resources. Gabriela Othon Lothrop, who was involved with the adaptive reuse renovation of East End Market, spearheaded the Alchemy project. The space is stunningly modern, yet retains its low-slung, square-cornered midcentury vibe. It's so refreshing to see Orlando take yet another step toward sustainability.

Goods & Services: Best of Orlando 2019: Best in local shops, boutiques, dog groomers and more

Goods & Services: Best of Orlando 2019

Photo illustration by Adam McCabe

Goods & Services

Best AC Service

1. Del-Air Heating and Air Conditioning,

2. Mills Air,

3. American Air & Heat,

Best Adult Entertainment Store

1. Fairvilla Megastore,

2. Premier Couples Superstore,

3. Fairvilla's Sexy Things,

Best Antiques Store

1. Adjectives Market,

2. The Lovely Boutique Market,

3. Atomic Junkies,

Best Auto Repair

1. Orlando Import Auto Specialist,

2. Mike the Mechanic,

3. C&D Tires & Auto Repair,

Best Bicycle Shop

1. Orange Cycle,

2. Kyle's Bike Shop,

3. David's World Cycle,

Best Cannabis Dispensary

1. Surterra Wellness,

2. Trulieve,

3. Curaleaf,

Best Comic Book Shop

1. Gods & Monsters,

2. Coliseum of Comics,

3. (tie) Acme Superstore,

3. (tie) A Comic Shop,

3. (tie) BAMF! Comics and Coffee,

Best Day Spa (facials, waxing, & massage, etc.)

1. Flex-I Spa & Wellness,

2. Jacq & Jack,

3. Holistic Beauty Center,

Best Doggy Daycare

1. Happy Paws Pet Resort,

2. Miss Emily's Bed & Biscuit,

3. Rangers Pet Outpost and Retreat,