Best of Orlando 2018 - Home & Shopping

There are treasures to be found all over Central Florida—and here’s your exclusive map to some great finds. Our annual Best of ORL list is based entirely on reader picks in dozens of categories. Plus check out our snapshot profiles of selected winners.

Renee Dietzel

Roberto Gonzalez

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Chic Boutique founders Renee Dietzel (left) and Janet Acker met on Acker’s first day in town at their children’s school and have been inseparable since. Dietzel had a background in teaching and real estate, and Acker had experience in fashion merchandising. “Back when the economy took a turn, we went out for dinner one night, and we were saying, ‘What should we do? We don’t want to sit around crying about the economy,’” Dietzel recalls. So they decided to pool their business experience and open a consignment shop that would be set apart by its current fashions—two years old or newer—and its customer service. The Audubon Park store’s business has boomed since it opened in 2010, and it often receives consignments from out of state. Dietzel and Acker also donate items monthly to a variety of charities. The co-founders, who consider the store their “last career,” also draw people with their fun-loving spirits. “We’re like Lucy and Ethel. We have people coming in here who just want to hang out and laugh,” Dietzel says. — C.H.


1 Apopka Florist
Main Street, Apopka

Bay Hill Florist
Sand Lake Road

3 Oviedo Florist
Downtown Oviedo


1 Chic Boutique
Audubon Park

2 Once Upon a Child
Six Orlando-area locations

3 Sweet Repeats


The Primrose Shop
Audubon Park    
Instagram: @theprimroseshop

Orange Door Gift Boutique

3 The Pink Chalet
Pop-up shop


1 Morrone Interiors
Downtown Orlando

2 Anne Rue Interiors

3 Ted Maines Interiors
Winter Park


1 HomeGoods​
Multiple Orlando-area locations

2 Pier 1 Imports
Seven Orlando-area locations

Millenia area, Orlando


1 Z Properties
Winter Park

Charles Clayton Construction
Winter Park

David Weekley Homes


1 Bed, Bath & Beyond
Multiple Orlando-area locations

Millenia area, Orlando

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery
Ivanhoe Village


1 Macy's
Five Orlando-area locations

2 Chico’s
Five Orlando-area locations

3 Forever 21
Seven Orlando-area locations

Pools by Bradley (POOLS BY BRADLEY)


1 Pools by Bradley

Premier Pools of Central Florida
Winter Park

Signature Pools
South Orlando


1 Orange Cycle
College Park

2 David’s World Cycle
Seven Orlando-area locations

Kyle’s Bike Shop
Milk District


Fields Auto Group
Multiple Orlando-area locations

Lexus of Orlando
Winter Park

3 Massey Cadillac
North John Young Parkway


1 Adjectives Market
Three Orlando-area locations

Renninger’s Flea Market & Antique Center
Highway 441, Mount Dora

3 Park & 2nd
Downtown Sanford

John Craig Clothier (ROBERTO GONZALEZ)

Style & Polish

Craig DeLongy recalls the black-and-white saddle shoes his mother made him wear on his first day of high school and the relentless teasing that ensued. Fast forward to today and DeLongy, owner of John Craig Clothier, has recently bought an almost identical pair of shoes to wear on the golf course. “My wife asked me why I always have to wear a sport coat when we go anywhere. That’s just who I am,” he says. “I’m always dressed.” The 67-year-old entrepreneur’s passion for polish echoes his parents’ belief in the power of presentation (they never allowed DeLongy to own a pair of jeans). They weren’t wealthy but his mother topped every outfit with a hat, and his father “always dressed like a gentleman.” DeLongy remembers the first time his mother took him to a fine clothing store. “She bought me a beautiful camel cashmere overcoat that I still have today,’’ he says. “I can’t fit in it but I still have it.”  DeLongy opened the flagship John Craig store on Park Avenue in Winter Park in 1996, now one of six statewide. “It’s rewarding to have a wife bring in her husband and watch the transformation,’’ he says. — M.S.


1 John Craig Clothier
Park Avenue, Winter Park

2 Jos. A. Bank
Five Orlando-area locations

Men’s Wearhouse​
Seven Orlando-area locations


1 The Mall at Millenia​
Conroy Road

2 Altamonte Mall
Altamonte Springs

3 The Florida Mall
South Orange Blossom Trail


Bay Hill Jewelers
Orlando and Winter Park

Gems of the Jungle Jeweler
Lake Mary

Victoria Jewelers
Baldwin Park

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