Real vintage hunters who know how to inspect tags for union labels and aren't fooled by a "Made in China" tag probably already know about Orlando Vintage, a female-owned and run business that has been around for 23 years. However, for several Orlandoans, they may have missed the previous location on Fairbanks, unless they needed a costume for one of the several Great Gatsby themed parties that seem to constantly be looming in all our futures.
I got a chance to meet and talk with owner Lisa Smith, and get a tour of her new building on Formosa Avenue right on the border of College Park. The old space, while brimming with fashionable finds from every decade, was a dark, almost cavernous lair that some may have driven right past and never explored. The new space is the complete opposite. Bright and airy, feminine and functional, well curated, easy to navigate, and still full of gorgeous vintage pieces.
Lisa, a self-proclaimed perfectionist, took great labor upon herself as she updated the space, crafting each piece down to the copper piping used for the racks. Some vintage light fixtures were shipped from across the globe while others were selected to be created as replicas of vintage pieces. Even her counter facade was re-purposed from a Disney set. As you shop you can't help but notice the details in her decor that really make this a great shop to carefully explore.
Beyond vintage and rentals, and a few hand selected goods, she now will serve coffee and tea with a small seating area in front of the shop. Additionally, soon there will be an event space in the barn behind the shop that is currently undergoing a renovation.
Go take a look at the new digs for yourself at 1500 Formosa Avenue in Winter Park.