Best of Orlando 2017 - Home & Shopping

Our readers voted online for their top picks in dozens of categories, from sweet shops to car dealers, bloggers to wedding venues. We carried our snazzy "Best of Orl" sign to various winning spots for photos, then had a "blast" coloring it for the cover.

Colonial Florist

Roberto Gonzalez

Best of Food & Drink
Best of Home Shopping
Best of People & Media
Best of Fun & Leisure
Best of Health & Beauty
Best of Kids & Pets

Bloom Time

“We’re now the oldest flower shop in Orlando,” says David Edmiston, who with sister Kathy Rees and brother Ed have owned Colonial Florist since 1978. These third-generation florists are best known for their affordable roses, which they typically sell for $50 for a long-stem dozen in a vase with baby's breath and greenery, while most competitors charge $55 to $80. Each year, the Edmistons run a special of 24 roses for the price of 12. “That really lets our customers see a lot of stuff,” says Ed Edmiston. “They’ll get the oranges, greens and lavenders.” Their business plan has always been to buy the best quality roses—the ones with the best scent and longest life. “It’s not price that drives the business,” Ed says. “It’s the quality…I have one lady who always gets two weeks-plus out of her red roses. It makes you friends.”
—Loraine O’Connell


1 Colonial Florist
Curry Ford Road

2 Apopka Florist
Main Street, Apopka

3 In Bloom Florist
Orlando and Heathrow


1 John Craig Clothier
Winter Park and JW Marriott, Grande Lakes

2 Masterpiece Clothing
Downtown Orlando

3 Cloak & Dapper
(Online only)

The Mall at Millenia (THE MALL AT MILLENIA)


1 The Mall at Millenia
Conroy Road

2 Altamonte Mall
Altamonte Springs

3 The Florida Mall
South Orange 
Blossom Trail


1 Bay Hill Jewelers
Orlando and Winter Park

2 Victoria Jewelers
Baldwin Park

3 International Diamond Center
Five Orlando-area locations


1 Once Upon a Child
Three Orlando-area locations

2 Dechoes Resale 
Three Orlando-area locations

3 Top Drawer
College Park


1 The Pink Chalet
Dr. Phillips area, Orlando

2 The Primrose Shop
Audubon Park

3 Walk on Water
Lake Mary


1 Ted Maines Interiors
Winter Park

2 Ray Interior Design

3 Anne Rue Interiors


1 HomeGoods
Multiple Orlando-area locations

Millenia area, Orlando

3 Kirkland’s
Five Orlando-area locations


1 Bed, Bath & Beyond 
Multiple Orlando-area locations

Millenia area, Orlando

3 Ferguson
Ivanhoe Village


1 Lukas Nursery

2 Palmer’s Garden 
& Goods
Audubon Park

3 Apenberry’s
College Park


1 Adjectives Market 
Three Orlando-area locations

2 Renninger’s Flea Market and Antique Center
Mount Dora

3 Trader Mae’s Furniture & Décor Market

Hand-Picked Treasures

For as long as Etoile Boutique owner Falon Quillen can remember, her mom has been stalking garage sales and rummaging flea markets. "She raised me junkin'," Quillen says. So when Quillen, at age 25, bought the boutique in Orlando's Milk District seven years ago, she naturally relied on her mom to mine the vintage items that line the store's racks. Quillen keeps a running weekly shopping list for her mom based on customer requests. And for those needing a little guidance, the junker-turned-personal shopper says she and her employees love helping customers comb the store’s collection. "It's supposed to feel like you're shopping with your girlfriend," she says. What isn’t purchased by her mother comes directly from local vendors, some of them customers who were inspired by the store's handmade items. One shopper who routinely found animal molars during her hikes saw handmade earrings in Etoile and decided to fashion dainty gold studs embellished with stark white teeth. Quillen happily agreed to sell them. "I like that full-circle component of it a lot," Quillen says. "Maybe that's what people like about the store. I make it about them."
—Megan Stokes


1 Etoile Boutique
Milk District, Orlando

2 Macy's 
Six Orlando-area locations

3 Chico’s
Six Orlando-area locations


1 Pools by Bradley

2 Premier Pools of Central Florida
Winter Park

3 Signature Pools
South Orlando


1 Orange Cycle
College Park

2 David’s World Cycle
Nine Orlando-area locations

3 Kyle’s Bike Shop
Milk District


1 Fields Auto Group
Multiple Orlando-area locations

2 Lexus of Orlando
Winter Park

3 Holler Honda
North Semoran Boulevard


1 Meritage Homes

2 Beazer Homes

3 Lennar

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