Best of ORL 2021 – Home & Shopping

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Gift Shop


Goods with Good Stories

Jeff Starks and Matt Engel opened Maffrey’s “Good Goods” in Ivanhoe Village in March 2020. Starks, a former Disney merchandise manager, designed the boutique. Engel, a professional travel director, brought the design elements to life. Days later, the pandemic shut them down. Maffrey’s reopened two months later to such demand that the shop moved into a larger space next to The Hammered Lamb. “People were really hungry for things that had a good story attached to it,” Starks says.

The couple curates products that are largely made by women, mostly recycled and socially forward, all with compelling stories behind them. About 85 percent of the stock is made in America. Crafts by 17 local artisans are featured, such as eco-friendly soy candles made by The Plum Owl using beer bottles recycled from Orlando-area bars. Other goods include recycled jewelry, whimsically-designed “FUN Socks,” soap scrubs, small-batch craft cocktail mixes, and seasonal items for holidays and events, including meet-the-artisan gatherings.

“We’re thrilled to be an integral part of Ivanhoe Village,” Starks says. “We both love this city so much because of its diversity and inclusion, and we’re getting to make our little mark. It means the world to us.” —Jennie Hess


Gift Shop

1 Maffrey’s

North Orange Avenue


2 Yay!

Ivanhoe Village


3 Good Crowd

College Park


Pool Builder

1 Premier Pools of Central Florida

Winter Park


Paradise Pools By Design

Altamonte Springs


3 Signature Pools




1 Writer’s Block

Winter Park, Winter Garden


2 BrightLight Books

Fern Park, Oviedo


3 Spiral Circle

Thornton Avenue, Orlando


Consignment or Resale Shop

1 Chic Boutique

Corrine Drive


2 Out of the Closet Thrift Stores

Mills Avenue


3 Dechoes Resale

College Park, East Colonial Drive


Home Décor

1 Ted Maines Interiors

Winter Park


2 Adjectives Market

Four Orlando-area locations


3 The House on Lang



Place for Antiques

1 Adjectives Market

Four Orlando-area locations


2 Atomic Junkies

Winter Park

Search for Atomic Junkies


Renninger’s Twin Markets

Mount Dora



Kitchen & Bath

1 Artisan Kitchen & Bath Gallery

Winter Park


2 KBF Design Gallery



Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery



Home Builder

Phil Kean Design Group

Winter Park


Charles Clayton Construction

Winter Park


3 Rey Homes




1 The Mall at Millenia

Conroy Road


2 The Florida Mall

South Orange Blossom Trail


3 Altamonte Mall

Altamonte Springs


Women’s Clothing

1 Jarboe

Ivanhoe Village


2 Lauren Nicole

Three Orlando-area locations




In Bloom Florist

Flowers With A Mission

People and their stories inspire John and Sally Kobylinski, owners of In Bloom Florist, with locations in downtown Orlando and Lake Mary. Their own love story was written on the backdrop of a flower shop. “It’s important for us to do whatever we can through flowers to love people,” Sally says. That begins with their staff, whom the couple consider family. “We truly love and appreciate our customers, but we couldn’t care for our customers the way we want to without trying to fully engage with our In Bloom family,” she adds. During the 2008 recession, Sally found an employee sleeping in his car, which, she says, brought a shift to her vision. “We’ve always been about customers and serving and saying yes, sometimes to our detriment. But in that moment, it became so much more than that.” The couple is quick to support community members, such as the family of 17-month-old Adalyn Zisa, killed during a family bike ride in 2019. “When we heard about it, we ended up donating 12 pieces to ensure that the mama felt her daughter’s presence.” The donation represents their mission to “love people however we can through flowers.” —Cheri Henderson


3 Macy’s

Multiple Orlando-area locations


Men’s Clothing

1 John Craig

Winter Park


2 Express

The Mall at Millenia, The Florida Mall


3 Neiman Marcus

The Mall at Millenia


Bicycle Shop                                                                                                                

1 D2 Cycling Center



2 Orange Cycle

College Park


3 Kyle’s Bike Shop

Milk District


Car Dealership

1 Tesla Orlando

North Orlando-Eatonville


2 Fields BMW

Orlando, Winter Park


3 Mercedes-Benz of South Orlando

Millenia Boulevard




1 Almut Belote Jewelry

Downtown Orlando


2 Bay Hill Jewelers

Orlando, Winter Park


3 UNOde50

Disney Springs


Interior Designer

1 Ted Maines Interiors

Winter Park


Phil Kean Design Group

Winter Park


3 KBF Design Gallery



IT Services

1 Smart Guys Computers



2 StarterStudio

Downtown Orlando



Kapp Communications

Maitland, Lake Mary

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