Shop Local For Last-Minute Christmas Gifts in Orlando

CitySurfing Orlando Picks for Shopping Local for Christmas

If you’re still looking for gifts for the people on your list, why not get them a unique gift and support local Orlando businesses at the same time?

Here are some great suggestions:

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Mountain Creek Candles – Orlando

This local business offers handmade candles, incense, aromatherapy sprays, solid perfumes, and more. The owner, Cindy, doesn’t have a regular shop, but you can find her wares at the Lake Nona Farmer’s Market at Back to Nature Wildlife Refuge on Saturdays, and at the Orlando Farmer’s Market at Lake Eola on Sundays.

You can also order her products online at mountaincreekcandles.com.

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Ms. Bees Gourmet Popcorn and Candy Shoppe – Winter Garden

At this local business in the heart of historic downtown Winter Garden, you’ll find delicious fresh made popcorn in a variety of flavors ranging from savory to sweet. My favorites for savory are the Jalapeno Cheddar and Spicy Buffalo, and for sweet I recommend the Puppy Chow, Caramel, and Dr Pibb (which tastes just like cherry cola). You can also have your choice of flavored popcorn packaged in a College or NFL team-themed cannister, making a great gift for sports fans on your list. The store even carries some old time candy, which makes for nice stocking stuffers.

The store is located at 2 East Plant St in Winter Garden. You can also order online at msbeespopcorn.com.

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East End Market – Orlando

You’ll find gifts for all of your foodie family and friends at this market that houses several food-related businesses. Pick up cheese at La Femme du Fromage, some sauces and marinades at Houndstooth Sauce Company, bread at Olde Hearth Bread Co., and baking needs at Whisk and Bowl.

East End Market is located at 3201 Corrine Dr. Visit eastendmkt.com for a complete list of merchants.

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PACDs, Dear Prudence Shop and Audubon Park Garden District present Vintage Valentine on February 9, 2014

Vintage ValentinePark Ave CDs, Dear Prudence Shop, and Audubon Park Garden District play host to Vintage Valentine, an afternoon of swapping and shopping, on Sunday, February 9.

Vintage clothing vendors include Dechoes Resale, Retromended Vintage, Blue Betty, Other Peoples Property and many more. Park Ave CDs will be selling vinyl.

Eats will be provided by food trucks like Sushi & Seoul On The Roll, SwedeDISH Food Truck, Monsta Lobsta, and fantastic hummus. Redlight Red Light will be offering craft beers to slake your shopping thirst.

Vintage Valentine will run from 1pm to 6pm. Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando, so start your afternoon there.

Bring the Family to Star Wars Reads Day at Park Ave CDs in Orlando on September 5 Hosted by @NerdAppropriate

Star Wars Reads Day, Park Ave CDsStar Wars Reads Day, a day-long celebration of literacy and all things Star Wars, will take place at Park Ave CDs on Saturday, September 5.

Hosted here by Nerd Appropriate, this second annual event will feature Star Wars fans, authors, and artists coming together in a nationwide multi-publisher initiative.

There will be Star Wars activities, snacks, the Whompa Chompa Food Truck and more, from noon to 3pm, and it’s completely free to attend.

Little Padawans are welcome at this event, and all are encouraged to come in costume.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Here is a promo video about Star Wars Reads Day:

Park Ave CDs in Orlando to Host The Maine Instore Performance on July 16, 2013

Tempe, Arizona-based rock band The Maine will be holding an instore performance at Park Ave CDs on July 16.

The MaineThe quintet’s latest album, Forever Halloween, was recorded live through analog tape without the use of computer editing techniques.

“The tape machine was like having an older, wiser, intimidatingly glowing woman in the room” says frontman John O’Callaghan on the experience. “We were all meeting her for the first time, but she already knew everything there was to know about the five of us. In no single way judgmental, but she sniffed out the bullshit and wouldn’t allow us to be anyone we are not. We are now better men for meeting that woman.”

The event starts at 1pm and it is free to attend. They’ll be performing at The Beacham later in the evening, with A Rocket to the Moon and more.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Park Ave CDs in Orlando to Host BALLYHOO! Instore Performance on July 11, 2013

BALLYHOO!Baltimore’s BALLYHOO! will be holding an instore performance at Park Ave CDs on July 11.

The rock group infuses their sound with punk and reggae and are touring in support of their newest release, Pineapple Grenade.

The event starts at 6pm and it is free to attend. They’ll be performing at The Beacham later in the evening, with Authority Zero.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Park Ave CDs in Orlando to Host Yellow Red Sparks Instore Performance on July 6, 2013

Yellow Red SparksCalifornia-based indie-folk trio Yellow Red Sparks will be holding an instore performance at Park Ave CDs on July 6.

The group – comprised of Joshua Hanson (guitar/vocals), Sara Lynn Nishikawa (upright bass/vocals) and Goldy (drums/vocals) – released their first self-titled album on January 29, 2013.

The event starts at 3pm and it is free to attend. They’ll be performing at the Backbooth later in the evening.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Park Ave CDs to Host Lydia Lunch Instore and Signing on June 5, 2013

Lydia LunchUnderground music legend Lydia Lunch will be appearing at Park Ave CDs in Orlando on June 5 to promote her newest cookbook, “The Need to Feed: Recipes for Developing a Healthy Obsession for Deeply Satisfying Foods.”

This exclusive instore begins at 6pm. A limited number of books will be available at the signing.

Lunch earned her name from cooking up banquet feasts out of whatever ingredients were on hand for fellow starving artists and musicians, including Sonic Youth, Suicide, Henry Rollins, the Dead Boys, and the Butthole Surfers.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916Corrine Drive in Orlando. Call 407-447-7275 for more information.

She will perform live later that night at Bullitt Bar (33 E Pine Street).

Park Ave CDs to Host The Weeks for Instore Performance on May 3, 2013

theweeksMississippi band The Weeks will be in town this weekend to promote their new release, Dear Bo Jackson, with a show at the BackBooth on May 3.

But you can catch The Weeks earlier in the day, when they do an instore performance at Park Ave CDs.

The band will be at the store from 6pm to 7:30pm, and it’s free to attend.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Park Ave CDs to Host Silverstein Meet and Greet on February 16

silversteinOrlando’s best indie music store, Park Ave CDs, is bringing in the band Silverstein for a meet and greet event on February 16, 2013.

The band will be there from 2pm to 3pm.

Pre-buy their new album, “This Is How The Wind Shifts” (CD $12.98, LP $18.98) and receive a wristband for priority entrance and an exclusive poster (perfect for having the band autograph). The band’s album hits stores on February 5.

Silverstein is a Canadian post-hardcore band from Burlington, Ontario, formed in 2000. Their band name is a reference to the famous children’s author Shel Silverstein, whom the band had admired and read the stories of as children.

They’ll be playing live at The Social later that night.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Meet Legendary Guitarist Johnny Winter at Park Ave CDs in Orlando on February 15

johnnywinterJohnny Winter is considered to be one of the world’s best guitarists, and rightly so. He has been putting out high energy Texas-style blues music for over 40 years.

Winter will be playing Plaza Live on February 15, but you can meet this legendary guitarist earlier in the afternoon at Park Ave CDs.

He’ll be there from 5pm to 6pm, meeting his fans and signing autographs.

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando.

Orlando’s Audubon Park Garden District Presents Vinyl, Vintage and Food Trucks: Valentine’s Edition February 10

audprk-vintagevinylAudubon Park Garden District is putting their own spin on Orlando food truck gatherings with their upcoming Vinyl, Vintage and Food Trucks: Valentine’s Edition event on February 10, 2013.

Park Ave CDs and Dear Prudence Shop are partnering with APGD for this one day shopping fest that will have vinyl music (yes, actual records), vintage sellers, and food trucks all in one place.

Vintage clothing vendors Retromended, The Owl’s Attic, Other People’s Property and Lollipops & Pistols will be joining in.

Food Trucks participating will include Monsta Lobsta, Local Yolk’l, Fish Out Of Water, SwedeDISH, O’Strombolis and more.

The event will run from 1pm to 6pm.

Park Ave CDs Holds End of the World Listening and Pizza Party on December 21 in Orlando

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To celebrate the potential “end of the world” this Friday, December 21, 2012, Park Ave CDs is holding a listening/pizza party.

Starting at 7pm, the store will have free pizza from O’Stromboli, free mini-holiday cupcakes from Blue Bird Bake Shop, and free beer.

One lucky attendee will win a $100 shopping spree, courtesy of RED Distribution.

Speaking of RED, there will be special sale pricing on select titles from their roster, including Mumford & Sons “Babel,” AWOLNATION “Megalithic Symphony,” Alabama Shakes “Boys & Girls” and In This Moment “Blood.”

Park Ave CDs is located at 2916 Corrine Dr in Orlando. For more info, call 407-447-7275.

Matisyahu Instore Performance at Park Ave CD’s on August 30

Matthew Paul Miller, better known by his Hebrew name and stage name Matisyahu, is an American reggae and alternative rock musician who first burst onto the international music scene in 2005.

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His newest CD is Spark Seeker and he is currently touring in support.

The tour brings him to the House of Blues on August 30, but if you can’t make it to that show, or just want to see more of him, Matisyahu will be appearing at Park Ave CD’s before the HOB show.

The instore starts at 5pm and will include a performance. The event is free to attend, but if you either bring in a copy of Spark Seeker or purchase one at Park Ave CD’s prior to the instore, you’ll get a wristband that will give you priority entry and a special meet-and-greet/autograph signing with Matisyahu after.

I suggest you get there early, since these instores tend to be packed. Full Sail will also be recording this very special set, for possible future sale at the store.

Park Ave CD’s is located at 2916 Corrine Dr., in Orlando. Call 407-447-7275 for more info on this instore.

Manchester Orchestra to Perform Free Instore at Park Ave CD’s in Orlando

Manchester Orchestra is playing a sold out show at The Social in downtown Orlando on Friday, August 24, at 8pm.

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But if you couldn’t get tickets to this show, or just want to see them again, they will be also be appearing at Park Ave CD’s earlier in the afternoon.

The band will be doing a free performance at 4:30pm on August 24 at the store. I suggest you get there early, since these instores tend to be packed.

Manchester Orchestra formed in 2004 in Atlanta, Georgia. They have recorded three studio albums, the most recent of which is 2011’s Simple Math.

Park Ave CD’s is located at 2916 Corrine Dr., in Orlando. Call 407-447-7275 for more info on this instore.

Vinyl, Vintage & Food Trucks Returns for March 2012

If you like to shop and eat, then you’ll want to save the date of March 24, 2012.

This when Park Ave CDs, Dear Prudence Shop and the Audubon Park Garden District are holding the next installment of Vinyl, Vintage & Food Trucks.

The event runs from 6pm-10pm and there will be used vinyl, vintage jewelry, clothing, and more for sale and trade. Interested in being a vendor? Stop by Park Ave CDs for an application.

Food trucks signed up to appear include Big Wheel Provisions, Swede Dish Truck, Fish out of Water, Cafe Rouge Express, The Crepe Company and La Empanada.

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