Sweet Deals Abound (Some Literal): Winter Park's Best Shopping

Winter Park is well known as a place to spend and get spent in the Orlando area; the shady, moss draped oaks and charming brick streets of its affluent downtown are enough to lull even the tightest of wallets into satisfied submission. And while there are many upscale shops in which to drop a handful of pretty pennies, it's not essential for a memorable shopping experience. Case in point: Winter Park's Saturday Farmer's Market has been delighting locals and visitors for more than 25 years and some of them never buy more than a basket of berries or a cup of coffee. On Park Avenue, glittery shops like Alex & Ani offer beautiful, delicate pieces of jewelry at quite reasonable price points that carve out a bit of scratch for all kinds of charitable organizations. Gift shops abound, of course. Collectors of everything from ancient coins to pretty pebbles will enjoy exploring Ancient Artifacts & Treasures, while collectors of comics couldn't do better than A Comic Shop, where they're happy to help you find the greatest thing you haven't yet read. 



Looking for a certain, special something for the friend or loved one who truly has everything? How about the collector in your life? This unique shop could be the perfect place. Lovers of geology, rocks and minerals will find specimens to get...  Read More



Are you ready to discover universes beyond that of Marvel and DC? Winter Park's A Comic Shop is just the place in which to do so. While well versed in everything from Avengers to X-Men, staffers here will be happy to learn your likes " or...  Read More



This quirky independent toy store makes shopping on Park Avenue that much more fun; kids and adults are invited to give many of its wares a try. Lighten Up boasts shelves, racks and cases of unique toys, games and crafts; much of its stock is...  Read More



If you appreciate world arts and crafts from the likes of Latin America, Asia and the Middle East, if you enjoy the boho-hippie aesthetic when it comes to jewelry, if you have a penchant for incense, you might want to check out Kathmandu, a...  Read More



If you're visiting Orlando, a furniture purchase might not be in the cards, Luckily, at Adjectives Market (which has additional locations in both Altamonte Springs and Winter Garden), home decor purchases need not require a U-Haul. This...  Read More



You may already know Rifle Paper Co. Why? This stationery and lifestyle brand has paired with some heavy hitter companies since its launch in 2009: Le Sportsac, Paper Crown, Puffin Books, and the list goes on from there. But its lovely little HQ...  Read More



Shoppers will find all that glitters at Alex & Ani's Winter Park base of ops, where beautiful bangles beckon and baubles imbued with empowering vibes bling. Gifts abound for the jewelry lover in your life, of course, but selfish shoppers can...  Read More



Chocoholics beware. While the many tempting shops of Park Avenue are rife with goodies for your home, office, closet or jewelry box, Peterbrooke's could head straight to your hips! We dare you to escape the gravitational pull of this sublime...  Read More



While some vintage/consignment shops have a tendency " charming in most cases " to remind you of your Great Aunt's attic, Avalon is the utter antithesis. It's clean, modern, airy and bright with easily navigable racks just crammed with...  Read More



Downtown Winter Park is charming from end to end and few places capture that community essence quite as wonderfully as its Saturday Farmer's Market, where orchids bloom, a rainbow of fresh produce sets your inner chef running rampant with...  Read More


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