August 2009

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The Best of Orlando

From jewelers to gyms, bars spaces to car places, people of top caliber to restaurants of definable character, our annual Best of Orlando list reveals the top picks in 89 categories as decided by our readers. We awarded the “Best of’’ designation based on total votes for a candidate—none of that Electoral College nonsense. And to prove that we respect the voters’ wishes, we didn’t disqualify their choice as the “Person who most exemplifies Orlando.” We can take a joke.

Best of Orlando 2009

 From jewelers to gyms, bars spaces to car places, people of top caliber to restaurants of definable character, our annual Best of Orlando list reveals the top picks in 89 categories as decided by our readers. We awarded the “Best of’’ designation based on total votes for a candidate—none of that Electoral College nonsense. And to prove that we respect the voters’ wishes, we didn’t disqualify their choice as the “Person who most exemplifies Orlando.” We can take a joke.

Top Picks

Now Showing, or Maybe Not

 The Plaza Cinema Café’s bumpy opening goes into an extended run, raising questions about the downtown multiplex’s management. 

Turn on the Neon

From the runway to the roadway, electric colors rule again.

A Haunting Memory Comes Out of Hiding

 After learning how his mother survived the Holocaust, Sentinel columnist Greg Dawson wondered if he could do her story justice. 

Let's Not Split Hairs

 An ounce or two of prevention can help shield your hair from the dog days of summer.

Eat & Drink

Goods & Services

Stuck in Transition

 The bankrupt 55 West development plans to open as an apartment building, biding its time for the condo market to come back. 

Crowded Airspace?

New Kid on the Block

 Disney’s Hall of Presidents reopens with ‘Robobama’ in the spotlight.  

In Defense of David Siegel

7 Best New Restaurants

 Since the beginning of 2008 we’ve seen many a restaurant door open, with a select few making a real impression on the local dining scene. Here are the best new eateries listed by their individual types of dining: American, Asian, Cuban, Italian, prix fixe, health-conscious and eclectic. 

The Name Game

 The Magic told us in June that they were close to a reaching a naming deal on the new Orlando Events Center, but a team spokesman wouldn’t offer any specifics. Therefore, we decided to come up with some sponsorship scenarios of our own.

Personalities

Potpourri

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Media

Intimate Altruism

 Denise Johnson opens her heart as her lingerie store closes. 

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The Art of Wine

 Creative juices uncork a new age of accessories for pouring and furnishings for storing. 

Linda Chapin's Hopscotch Journey

 Linda Chapin, 67, didn’t start out as an Orlando power player. Her foray into the city’s business world was visiting her grand-father at his downtown car dealership in the 1950s. It would take a series of volunteer projects to craft her social conscience and develop the political skills that led to roles as Orange County commissioner and the county’s first chairman (now called mayor). In 2001 Chapin became director of the Metropolitan Center for Regional Studies at the University of Central Florida, focusing on growth, the environment and social policies. She retired from UCF last year.

Luv U 4ever!

Dear Yearbook: You're still cool. Please stay just the way you are.
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