5 Neighborhood Shops We Love
You’ve window-shopped them a hundred times while strolling downtown, perusing Park Avenue or passing through Baldwin Park. Here’s why you should go inside.
By Alexis Senior
Zou Zou Boutique
2 N. Summerlin Ave., Orlando
7988 Via Dellagio Way, Orlando
Whether you’re looking for a smart ensemble for work or a chic little number for a cocktail party, you’ll find a fashionable look among the sophisticated, feminine styles at Zou Zou. Entering its 11th year in Thornton Park, Zou Zou carries a variety of seasonally on-trend shoes and a wide selection of hard-to-find designer pieces, organized according to color.
FAB FINDS: Rebecca Minkoff Cupid bag, $495; Hale Bob long-sleeve blouse, $198.
My French Neighbor
4833 New Broad St., Orlando
This charming Baldwin Park shop offers an assortment of items that are imported from the South of France every two months. Filled with a colorful selection of French Country wall, kitchen and bathroom décor, My French Neighbor also carries exquisitely scented candles and soaps—their overall bestsellers—as well as authentic French jams and foie gras, perfect for gifting.
FAB FINDS: Imported rhubarb,
blackcurrant and rose petal jam, $10.50.
Coralia Leets Boutique
307 S. Park Ave., Winter Park
Tucked in the front left corner of the luxurious Park Plaza Hotel, celebrity-sought jewelry artist Coralia Leets’ boutique is an ideal stop for any gemstone lover looking for a one-of-a-kind piece. Distinct druzy earrings and Peruvian opal bracelets are available to the passing eye, while a singular volcano rock beaded necklace and cameo statement pendants wait inside.
FAB FINDS: Blue cameo long-hang hammered
necklace, $995; tiger eye teardrop ring, $473.
Earth Inspired Living
300 N. Park Ave., Winter Park
Unique and innovative, this eco-friendly Winter Park gift shop offers items made from recycled, organic and sustainable materials by artists both local and international. From a picnic wine table for two cut from bamboo to a backpack made out of reclaimed cargo truck tarps, there’s something green for everyone. Be sure to say “hi” to Rascal ($134), the store’s recycled newspaper canine mascot, on your way in.
FAB FINDS: Rascal the recycled newspaper puppy, $134.
1104 N. Mills Ave., Orlando
Track Shack has been specializing in running gear for the least athletic jogger to the most advanced sprinter for 35 years. The professional staff can fit your foot to a new pair of shoes after studying your gait, stride and arch, as well as the wear pattern of your old ones, and that’s not all. Track Shack’s fundraising program, C.A.R.E (Community Awareness Race Entry Program), helps nonprofits raise money by hosting local road races.
FAB FINDS: Women’s Saucony Triumph sneakers, $129.