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Orlando's Ivanhoe Village is experiencing a massive transformation 

Along its Orange Avenue main strip, Ivanhoe still retains architectural vestiges of the past, but look to either side and you’ll see it’s an area experiencing rapid, massive transformation. The Yard at Ivanhoe, a 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use complex of apartments and retail that’s almost halfway done, is looming over Orange Avenue to the east, while the Broadstone Lake House apartments will soon tower nine stories over the lake on the other side of the avenue. These behemoth developments are displacing the old Alden Road warehouse district and the vintage Baldwin-Fairchild neon sign, true. But as considerable as these changes may be (let’s try not to think about the traffic), none of it will change the fact that this is one of the city’s most walkable neighborhoods.

Ivanhoe Park Brewing Co.

1300 Alden Road, 407-270-6749, ivanhoeparkbrewing.com

A gleaming new independent craft brewery with a comfy tasting room that's deeply committed to honoring the history of its neighborhood, occupying the last remaining bit of Ivanhoe's once ramshackle-but-charming warehouse district. Read up on Joyland, the amusement park that once occupied the shores of Lake Ivanhoe, while sipping a Joyland IPA, or feel all eyez on you with a Tupac Shaporter.

Oxford Eyes

1231 N. Orange Ave., 407-286-3350, oxfordeyes.com

Ivanhoe's new indie specs shop offers prescription frames and lenses, contact lenses, sunnies, and even "doggles" for your pooch, all fitted by experienced professionals – just bring in a current prescription. Skip the chains and treat yourself to Oxford's remarkable one-on-one service (plus maybe a pastry from Backhaus or a cocktail at the Hammered Lamb afterward).

Sette

1407 N. Orange Ave., 407-704-7771, setteitalian.com

Trina Gregory-Propst and Va Propst, the duo behind the Milk District's ridiculously popular Se7en Bites, take over Ivanhoe Village's most troubled restaurant space and whip it into shape with an Italian menu of hearty, rustic dishes. House-made pastas are a given; the fact that they are vegan is a surprise. More comfort classics: sausage with blistered grapes, razor clams and roasted corn over farro, and plump meatballs atop creamy polenta. If you've ever been to Se7en Bites, you know you'd better save room for dessert.

Miscellaneous Market

1903 N. Orange Ave., 407-965-3250, facebook.com/miscellaneousmarket

Two sisters own this luxurious little boutique, and they've filled it with tasteful home decor, sleek purses, old-world journals, vintage vanity heirlooms, and natural skincare and bath brands. Perfect for last-minute gifts that don't seem like an afterthought.

Loud Gallery

1907 N. Orange Ave., 407-985-3191, loudgallery.com

Small, sceney space offers adventurous curation amid the bars and restaurants of Ivanhoe Village. If you're looking for "the youth" in Ivanhoe, this is where they'll be.

Yay! Tiny Shop

1211 N. Orange Ave., 407-868-9015, yaytinyshop.com

Stacy Coon's small (really, really small), colorful gift boutique sells cute home goods, cookbooks, craft supplies, notebooks, jewelry, small art pieces, plush toys and travel accessories, among (so many!) other things. Pick up a "Unicorn Puke" scented candle and cackle like a maniac, or be normal and buy a tasteful set of linen cocktail napkins. It's all here.

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