AUDUBON PARK GARDEN DISTRICT'S BEST PLACES 2018

 

It's been another fabulous year for the Audubon Park Garden District's shops, brewers, and more. As recognized by the readers, and in some cases editors, of the Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando edition, some of the passionate people behind some of your favorite places are getting their due. Let's raise a glass in celebration to the APGD's Best Places of 2018.

Warrior One Yoga

Voted number one yoga in Central Florida, most Warrior One yoga classes are vinyasa flow inspired by the True North Alignment principles of Baptiste Yoga. They also offer a few different types of yoga classes, in addition to spinning, strength, weights, and combination classes. Warrior One has two studios in the West Corrine plaza and will soon be opening a third studio in the East Corrine plaza, near Winter Park Cycles. 2822 Corrine Dr

Park Ave CDs

Voted number one for both Best Record Store and Best Independent Bookstore, Park Ave CDs has been Central Florida's number one stop for music (vinyl and CDs), turn tables, unique and fun gift items, candies, books, zines and more since 1984. 2916 Corrine Dr

Park Ave CDs

The Owl's Attic

Owner Brittany knows just what people want, which is why The Owl's Attic always lands on every Best Of vintage shopping guides, this time winning third place for Best Vintage Clothing and third for Best Antique Shop. Need a handmade crochet bikini top handmade by a local designer, vintage Levi's, a fresh handpicked bouquet of flowers or vintage Coleman coolers? This stylish shop, focused on the best vintage and the freshest local designers, has you covered. 3106 Corrine Dr

FarmGal Flowers

FarmGal Flowers' owner Eileen Tongson is passionate about sustainability and she brings that sensibility to her cut flowers. Winning third place in this Best of Orlando contest is no small feat for this indie grower, considering she grows all her flowers in Orlando, many of them along Corrine Drive. And in addition to the beautiful, fragrant blossoms, the cut flowers are sustainably grown and use no toxic chemicals. Instead they are grown lovingly in real soil, under real sunlight. Eileen's flowers can be ordered online and picked up at East End Market or delivered within a 5 mile radius and she also hosts workshops periodically.

Acme Cleaners

Acme Cleaners, at number one, are the only cleaners in Central Florida that use a green cleaning system. Their machines don't rely on toxins like perchloroethylene (a carcinogen) and instead use a safe and energy efficient cleaning method recommended by green advocates like Green America. Acme Cleaners also rounds this out with a convenient pick up and delivery service. We should all be glad they won first place in the Dry Cleaning category. Sustainable practices should be rewarded.

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Redlight Redlight

The granddaddy of Orlando's craft beer scene, Redlight Redlight continues to dominate this field, winning Best Craft Beer Bar and third place for Best Local Brewery for their new nanobrewing. Owner and brewer Brent Hernandez has been pouring beer since 2005, but now that their brewing equipment is in place, look for more hyper local craft beer from these guys, like the their award winning Wood Aged Sour Beer category, which won a bronze at the Best Florida Beer Competition for their Belgian Sour Stout, Black Morning. 2810 Corrine Dr

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Blue Bird Bake Shop

The Audubon Park Garden District's oldest bakery is still winning accolades for their cupcakes, winning third in this year's Best of Orlando contest. These light and fluffy cakes with their perfectly swirled frosting are still as fabulous today as when they first debuted. From classics such as the Ch-Chocolate (chocolate cake and chocolate frosting) to the newer Key Lime Cupcake, Blue Bird Bake Shop is still turning out hits. 3122 Corrine Dr

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream

The eponymous owner of Kelly's Homemade Ice Cream is always coming up with new flavors for her rich, decadent ice cream sold in two Orlando locations. In addition to craft homemade ice cream, Kelly's offers sorbets. They develop unique and seasonal flavors and produce them in small batches on location here in Orlando, making them delightfully local. Their shops also offer shaved ice, ice cream flights, sundaes, shakes, floats, ice cream cupcakes, ice cream tacos and more. 3114 Corrine Dr and 1817 S Ferncreek Ave

 

 
 
 
 
 
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Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Cafe

Ok, this is a twofer. The actual category was Best Trivia Night Host and the winner was Curtis Earth Trivia. Yay! And you can experience this best trivia every Monday night at Bikes Beans and Bordeaux Cafe. 3022 Corrine Dr

 
 
 
 
 
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Domu

A quadruple winner, Domu took prizes for Best Local Chef, Best Fried Chicken, Best Wings and Best Ramen in Orlando. It's easy to see why - everything is fabulous at Domu. From the Ritchie Rich ramen to the fried chicken wings to the craft cocktails and more, Domu has something delicious for just about everybody. It's easy to see why they were recently featured on the Travel Channel - so much food goodness. 3201 Corrine Dr

 

 
 
 
 
 
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