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BOO 2011


Photo by Jason Greene

Goods and Services - Staff Picks


Best enabler of urban chicken farmers

Palmer’s Feed Store
912 W. Church St.,;407-841-8924; palmersfeedstore.com

Every hipster in town these days seems to have a chicken – better yet, a flock – pecking and clucking and laying eggs in a shabby-chic coop in the backyard. You can chalk that up, in part, to the fact that Palmer’s Feed Store carries an assortment of small barnyard animals – chickens, ducks, the occasional rabbit – in its downtown shop (which, by the way, is kind of a musty, dusty, one-horse town kind of throwback to the Orlando of yesteryear). In addition to full-grown laying hens, they keep racks of adorably fuzzy baby chicks. Pop a couple in your purse and bring them home today – they’ll be pooping out eggs for you in no time.


Best gas-station rebellion

Independent convenience stores still selling fake pot

On Nov. 24, the DEA announced a crackdown on the chemicals prevalent in K2, the so-called “fake pot” that was selling like hotcakes at smoke shops around the country. We sounded the bell on Christmas Eve, when the ban was officially in effect. But months later, it can still be found aplenty in small, independently owned gas stations all over our great city, and so we salute you, brave merchants of generally South Asian descent. You keep stocking the good stuff and we’ll keep respectfully asking to buy really expensive “incense.”


Best boutique on a budget

Goodwill Boutique
750 Orange Ave., Winter Park; 407-628-5553; goodwillcfl.org

Adding the word “boutique” to anything in the retail world typically leads to hiked-up price tags, but that’s not the case for the Goodwill Boutique. The fairly high-end thrift store, located just down the way from the ultra-spendy retail strip on Park Avenue in Winter Park, offers an affordable, donation-based inventory, much like its savings-store brethren, complete with evening gowns, fur coats, men’s suits, TVs, purses, shoes and more. And for this store, location is key: Since it’s located in the heart of affluent Winter Park, the store is full of trendy designer labels and never-worn, tags-still-attached clothing.


Best place to pull together jewelry and an outfit

Dear Prudence Shop
2912 Corrine Drive,; 407-894-8941; dresssweet.com

This store is a hybrid of two Audubon Park retailers: the Bead Lounge and Sweet Boutique. The front of the space hosts a vast display of beads and jewelry-making supplies for DIY types who like to make their own accessories. The back of the shop is home to a full lineup of women’s fashions: super-cute sundresses, sandals, shoes, locally made jewelry, sunglasses and some vintage pieces. The store’s owners update their inventory regularly and post photos of their newest items on Facebook every week, so keep your eyes open for the hot new stuff.

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