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Goods and Services - Staff Picks
Published: July 13, 2011
Best produce market
Eat More Produce
1111 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park; 407-647-5292; eatmoreproduce.com
“A Canadian and a Brit open a produce market” sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, but the Eat More Produce market is anything but. Ever since opening its Winter Park store in 2010 the market has grown from offering a meager selection of high-quality produce (both local and shipped in) to a full-service bodega. Now offering excellent wines, local dairy, dry goods and Boar’s Head deli selections at lower prices than the big-box competitors, Eat More Produce also takes pride in promoting local artisans like Olde Hearth Bread Company while continuing to carry hard-to-find produce like rondelle zucchini and purple asparagus.
Best place to dip your bacon in chocolate
300 S. Park Ave., Winter Park; 407-644-3200; peterbrooke.com
We’re not usually in the business of endorsing a corporate candy vendor that owns more than 20 stores spanning three states, but honestly, we can’t resist a store like Peterbrooke in downtown Winter Park where you can have your choicest slice of bacon dipped in chocolate. Your two options – milk or dark – are, to the untrained tongue, medium-grade chocolates, so choose your bacon brand accordingly. (The price depends on how much fudge clings to your bacon slice(s); both chocolates are $1.50 per ounce.) Make sure you bring some thick-sliced pork, unless you simply want a crunchy piece of chocolate with a faint whiff of bacon. If you don’t like it, you can always dump what’s left in your neighborhood pool.
Best low-rent shopping experience
Other Peoples Property’s Clothing Swap and Shops
If you’re into vintage clothing or prefer to steer clear of the generic shopping-mall experience, you’d do well to acquaint yourself with Orlando’s Other Peoples Property. OPP [insert requisite call-and-response here] is an online boutique that specializes in vintage clothing from the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s, altered and updated to suit today’s trends – think shortened hemlines, capped sleeves and the like. Prices are a bit higher than we’d like to pay for used clothing, but we like that the money OPP takes in goes to a good cause: The company donates the majority of its profits to charity. And if you’re like us and love a good freebie, OPP hosts cool Swap and Shop events every three months where you can browse through piles of clothes that are completely free. For a $5 donation, anyone can take part: Just clean out your closet, bring the stuff you no longer wear and swap it for stuff somebody else brought. You might end up with one too many pairs of pants that you’ll never wear, but you can always bring them back to the next Swap and Shop and trade them in for something new.
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