Out and About: Awakened Auras Co. in Downtown Kissimmee Stocks Crystals and More For Sale .. #AwakenedAurasCo #DowntownKissimmee #Kissimmee #MetaphysicalArts #ShopLocal

Awakened Auras Co. in Downtown Kissimmee

On a recent visit to downtown Kissimmee with friends, I discovered a cute little shop called Awakened Auras Co. that offers crystals and other metaphysical arts items for sale.

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What Coronavirus Means for Orlando’s Economy and How You Can Help .. #Coronavirus #VisitOrlando #LiveLocal

Lake Eola at Night

We live in uncertain times right now. The Coronavirus has started to majorly impact Central Florida from cancelled conventions to the President restricting Europeans from traveling to the U.S. (including those who had plans to visit our theme parks).

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New Stores to Shop at Artegon Marketplace in Orlando

I’m a big fan of Artegon Marketplace, which has lots of little artisan shops selling handmade and unique items, as well as really cool anchor stores like Gods & Monsters.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

In the past few months, so many new stores, eateries, and entertainment venues have opened at Artegon Marketplace, so I thought I’d highlight a few of them for you to check out.

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Artegon Marketplace a Must Visit Shopping Center for Small Business Saturday on Nov 28 #shoplocal

While Black Friday is full of deals from national retailers and “big box” stores, the following day, Small Business Saturday, is meant to get people to shop from local stores and sellers. If you’re out shopping this Saturday, November 28, you’ll want to visit Artegon Marketplace.

Artegon Marketplace

Artegon Marketplace is full of local artisans and shops offering handmade and crafted items for purchase. The interior has recently undergone a major revamp, and every storefront now has personality and actual walls.

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Out and About: Artegon Marketplace Offers a Place to Shop and Support Local Businesses

Recently I paid a visit to Artegon Marketplace to see what it had to offer for shoppers, and I found it to be a good place to shop local businesses.

Artegon Marketplace entrance

While Artegon is anchored by nationally known retailers like Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, and Sheplers, the interior of the building has been redesigned from its former incarnation as Festival Bay.

Now the interior of the mall houses The Village at Artegon. These are kiosks featuring local businesses ranging from food to clothing to services like framers. I ended up shopping at quite a few while I was checking the marketplace out.

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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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