Park Avenue in the Orlando suburb of Winter Park, Florida will make your heart race, especially if the thought of shopping for contemporary designer clothing and gifts gets you going.
Winter Park is an upscale enclave just north of downtown Orlando, Home to Rollins College and to several authors and artists. In there among the scattered beads in a fashion necklace of lakes, the city is anchored by Park Avenue and its bevy of restaurants and boutiques.
Park Avenue store windows tempt, with apparel, accessories, books, art and gifts. Nearly everything a woman could want to wear, carry, give or receive can be found along this gracious but busy thoroughfare.
There’s little doubt about Park Avenue’s popularity: Sports cars line the street and power brokers are forging deals at countless outdoor bistro tables. The city even hosts its own Fashion Week in early October; boutiques along Park have trunk showings of new lines the entire week prior. Then excitement builds, as a giant tent is erected in West Meadow, the lush green park adjacent to downtown. Just like at Bryant Park, the latest high-end looks debut on the runway for locals and visitors during this special event.
Every day is special on Park Avenue Shops, though, as friendly boutiques are more than happy to introduce patrons to the latest fashion trends and designers who are making waves. The buyer at Ginger has amassed an impressive collection of designers and goods by a host of smaller independent clothing labels. Tugboat and the Bird is a darling childrens’ store tempting its patrons with the cutest of clothing and décor.
When it’s time for a break from shopping, or you want to walk off a delicious bistro lunch, stroll up Park Avenue to the Charles Hosmer Morse Museum of American Art. Here you’ll find the world’s largest collection of works by Louis Comfort Tiffany, the renowned glass artist, as well as room after room of beautiful collectibles and furnishings. The Park is also a great place to enjoy a little fresh air and make final buying decisions.
Park Avenue could well become your new favorite reason to take a break from the Disney Parks during your Orlando vacation!