From vintage vinyl to ethically sourced skincare to ghost pepper passion fruit caramels and permanent gold jewelry, Orlando North small businesses have your holiday shopping covered. Join us for a roundup of twelve of our favorite women-owned, family-owned, and locally operated hot spots you can only find in Seminole County!
Triple Goddess Treasures
For: the fashionista
Shine like the goddess you are! For a bewitching gift for the divinities in your life, consider shopping at this Historic Downtown Sanford female-family-owned women’s clothing boutique! Triple Goddess Treasures has an adorable bohemian-inspired interior and specializes in hard-to-find treasures such as clothing, jewelry, handbags, and divination tools like sage and precious stones. Every piece is carefully curated sure to brighten the face of your giftee!
Maya’s Books & Music
For: The Bookworm
Get a very special gift for the bookwork in your life at Maya’s Books & Music. No trip is ever the same with a continuous rotation of used and rare books and vinyls hand-curated by the owner, Maya, herself. Nostalgic gems from the Beatles? Check. Last year’s Pulitzer Prize winners? Check. Cute bookmarks, VHS tapes, CDs, DVDs, and other self-proclaimed “cool stuff”? Check, check, check, check, and check! Plus, conveniently located right on 1st Street in Historic Downtown Sanford, this woman-owned and operated business takes the backbreaking work out of shopping with comfortable vintage furniture scattered throughout the two-story shop!
Spice is Nice
For: the daredevil.
In the mood to spice things up? Water your loved one’s eyes with devilishly spiked Ghost Pepper Passion Fruit Caramel, Hot Pickled Brussel Sprouts, or Ghost Pepper Ketchup from Spice is Nice in Historic Downtown Sanford. Sourcing a vast array of exotic ingredients from around the world including spices, chili-infused oils, and simple unique condiments, Spice is Nice has everything you need to stock up your loved one’s kitchen (at a great price!). Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options available!
Casa Leon Jewelers
For the: glitzy one
Lake Mary, Florida
Who says rings are the only way to express a commitment to the love in your life? Gift your special someone an unforgettable experience with a permanent bracelet appointment at Casa Leon Jewelers right off of Lake Mary Boulevard. Choose between yellow or white gold and determine placement: your ankle, wrist, or neck. Then your licensed jeweler will weld the ends of the stunning piece in a quick, twenty-minute procedure. Secure your spot for just $30!
Ruby Sun Gifts
For the: sunshine-chaser
Where can you find mermaid-shaped candelabras, pickleball-themed greeting cards, colorful Sand Cloud towels, mugs, wall art, fuzzy throw pillows, and savory snacks all in one spot? Enter a Ruby Sun Gifts state of mind at their adorable gift shop located in the historic Clouser Cottage in Longwood, FL. This positively adorable specialty shop has great vibes and amazing gifts—all of which are sure to make you (and your giftee) smile!
Juvee Hall Bike Shop & Coffee
For: the adventurer
Take your coffee with a side of BMX at full-service bike/coffee shop, Juvee Hall. Located in Longwood, Juvee Hall is your one-stop shop for the cycling enthusiast in your life. Grab a gift card or a bike — the choice is yours! Juvee Hall also regularly hosts punk pop-up events such as comedy shows and art showcases. Get a ticket for you and a friend or scoop up a rad find to put under the tree.
Mockingbird Apothecary & General Store
For: the eco-friendly
Break up with your toxic soaps, deodorants, and makeup products, and detox with clean, healthy alternatives that the planet (and your skin) will be thankful for! Mockingbird Apothecary & General Store has everything you need for the perfect sustainable gift for the planet-conscious friend in your life. From tension-taking essential oil blends to calming lavender magnesium butter or eyelash growth serum, Longwood-based Mockingbird has you covered with their vast home and body product line.
The British Shoppe
For: the anglophone
Top of the mornin’ to ya! Fill yer basket with Cadbury Curly Wurlys, Jaffa Cakes, and Whovian memorabilia. This specialty grocer sources all varieties of British staples from breakfast jams, and loose-leaf teas, to Union Jack-themed knick-knacks to bring European charm to this side of the pond! Perfect for the anglophone in your life who can’t get enough of English charm!
For: the green thumb
More of a green thumb? Give the gift that lives on (knock on wood!) at the Florida-famous, absolutely ginormous Lukas Nursery in Oviedo, FL. From avocado trees to aquatic milkweed to African blue basil and everything in between, if it grows in Florida, Lukas probably has it! Stop by their Butterfly Encounter on campus before you leave to enjoy their small gift shop and consider purchasing a dozen native butterflies for release on Florida soil (a great activity to do with little ones!).
For the: Oktoberfest goer
Oviedo & Sanford, Florida
Embrace the spirit of ‘gemutlichkeit’ with authentically German lederhosen, dirndls, and shmuck curated by the family of prost-makers who gave Central Florida Hollerbach’s German Restaurant. Now with two locations (one in Historic Downtown Sanford and the other in the Oviedo Mall), Hollerbach’s Outfitters is on a mission to outfit every Oktoberfest-goer in Orlando North. Available in child sizes. Book a free trachten fitting on their website.
For: the classy one
Oh my, look at the time! Its charcuterie o’ clock! For specialty wine, fresh olives, and unparalleled sauces and marinades, look no further than the family-owned specialty market Cavallari Gourmet in Oviedo, FL. From our variety of specialty cut meats, freshly made subs, and pre-made meals made from scratch, Cavallari Gourmet is dedicated to offering Central Florida premium yet affordable selections in an inviting ambiance.
The Collective: Comic and Game Community
For: the comic aficionado
Altamonte Springs, Florida
From Marvel classics to hot-off-the-press Boom! Studios comics, The Collective is your one-stop-shop for the comic aficionado in your life. With its humble origins in the 70s, the Collective claims to be more than a comic store, but is also a card game, miniature game, role-playing, and board games store with just about any comic you can imagine!