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Artegon Marketplace Offers New Shopping Experience in Orlando

Artegon Marketplace

Shopping in Orlando just got better with the opening of the new Artegon Marketplace. Located on I-Drive in the heart of Orlando’s tourism district, this new shopping experience joins nearby outlet centers offering a great reason to shop locally. Formerly known as the Festival Bay Mall, this 1.1 million-square-foot shopping attraction is now open and bustling with shoppers.

Similar to Seattle’s Pike Place or New York’s Chelsea Market, the Artegon Marketplace features more than 160 studio spaces for entrepreneurs to sell their unique art, handcrafted items, diverse foods and one-of-a-kind boutique items. A kaleidoscope of products and services including eco-friendly handbags and accessories, soaps, jewelry, sculpture, mixed media artwork, custom clothing and much, much more are all located at this new Orlando shopping attraction. The artisans are some of Central Florida’s finest craftspeople!

Another draw to this marketplace are the anchor stores. Bass Pro Shops, Ron Jon Surf Shop, Sheplers Western Store and the Cinemark Theater complement the shopping with well-known offerings. Other big named stores are in the works, including Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill and Berghoff’s Octoberfest. More than 20 in-line retailers, including Subway, will round out the guest experience by spring 2015.

Not only can you shop at the Artegon Marketplace, you can also enjoy live music, caricaturists, henna and jawa tattoo painters, canvas airbrush artists, jugglers, singers, stilt walkers and other performers. Demonstrations, such as glassblowing, often take place as well. Have an active shopper in your group? The Artegon’s center court will soon feature an expansive rope climbing attraction. Orlando Tourist Tip: Weekends are the busiest, however, there is more entertainment, so depending upon the experience you are wanting, plan your trip accordingly.

Artisan studios are open Monday-Saturday 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. The center and anchor stores are open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday. Holiday schedules are posted on the website at ArtegonMarketplace.com.

With plenty of parking (5,800 spaces), and so much to do, be sure to put the Artegon Marketplace on your to-do list. For the picky person on your shopping list, a handcrafted item might be the answer and the best gift you’ll find in Orlando. The Artegon Marketplace is located at 5250 International Drive, Orlando, FL 32819.

Best Shops for Orlando Shopping for Guns

Orlando shopping for guns is one of the favorite pastimes of gun collectors, police officers and hunters. Orlando has many great gun shops that offer various models and types of guns, from antique replicas to automatic rifles. Many of the gun shops in Orlando have shooting ranges where customers can practice and try out the guns before they purchase them. Some gun shops also offer classes in concealed weapons and self-defense. If you’re looking for the best gun shops in Orlando, then this short article may be able to assist you. Read this article to learn about the top 3 best shops for Orlando gun shopping.

Oak Ridge Gun Range

Oak Ridge Gun Range

The Oak Ridge Gun Range is one of the best gun shops in Orlando. This gun shop sells various types of guns such as rifles and shotguns. They also sell accessories such as knives, holsters and tactical gear. This gun shop also has a 50-foot gun range where you can try out various types of guns. If you don’t have your own gun, you can rent guns at the shop and practice shooting at the gun range. Oak Ridge Gun Range also provides gun smith services such as trigger jobs and scope mounting. The shop also offers classes in security guard training and concealed weapons.

Guns for sell in Orlando

Reig’s Gun Shop

Like Oak Ridge Gun Range, Reig’s Gun Shop also features a shooting range and offers classes. They have a large selection of used and new guns that you can test out at the shooting range. This shop is open 7 days a week so you can go Orlando shopping for guns at this gun shop on any day you like. The shop allows you to bring your own gun for the shooting range if it is only a handgun. You are not allowed to bring your own shotgun or rifle. The classes that they offer are multi-level shooting classes and concealed weapons.

Buffalo Bill’s Shooting Store

Antique pistolTourists who are on an Orlando shopping tour usually visit Buffalo Bill’s Shooting Store. This gun shop is one of the few places in Orlando where you can buy 19th-century firearms and replicas. Buffalo Bill’s Shooting Store has been selling classic guns such as black powder rifles, cowboy action shooters, and muzzleloaders since 1978. They also sell different kinds of knives and hard-to-find accessories like throwing hawks. Buffalo Bill’s Shooting Store also offers a small selection of modern guns.

The Best Orlando Shopping Tips

Lifestyle shopping center in Orlando

Orlando shopping is one of the favorite pastimes of Orlando residents and tourists who visit Orlando, Florida. You can find memorable gifts and make lasting memories by shopping in the wide variety of shops in Orlando. The Festival Bay Mall, LaBelle Furs, Pointe Orlando, Florida Mall, and Seigel’s Clothing Co. are just some of the most popular shopping locations in Orlando. Read these shopping tips so that you will be able to have a great shopping experience during your Orlando shopping tour.


Map Out your Shopping Tour
Before you start touring the shops in Orlando, map out your shopping tour so that you don’t need to decide where to go next and not waste time driving around the city looking for shops to visit. Make a list of the shops that you want to visit before you head out. If you don’t know your way around the city, use Google Maps or other Maps websites for directions (we’ve created a map that locates most of the major shopping areas, as well as the attractions – view our map). You may also want to visit the websites of the Orlando malls that you plan to visit and download mall maps so that you don’t get lost inside the malls. You may also be able to acquire paper maps at Guest Services Centers.

Go to Places with Easy Parking
Some of the shops in Orlando have inadequate parking space and you might find it difficult to park your car during your Orlando shopping tour. Looking for a parking space is a waste of time and gas, so it is best to go to a place with plenty of parking space. Some of the places in Orlando that have plenty of parking spaces are The Mall at Millenia, Orlando Premium Outlets, and Saks Fifth Avenue Outlet. Most of the malls in Orlando offer valet parking services so you don’t have to look for a parking space yourself.

Get Discounts with Coupons
Many of the shopping centers in Orlando offer coupons that allow you to get freebies and discounts. It is best to bring along some coupons in order to save money during your Orlando shopping tour. You can get a printable coupon book by registering online at the official websites of many Orlando shopping centers. You can also get a coupon book from Orlando Guest Services Centers. At the Orlando Premium Outlets in Vineland Ave., you can get coupons from the Food Court information services desk. Orlando’s Official Visitors Center also offers an Orlando Magicard that allows you to get shopping discounts.

See our list of Malls and Outlets.

New Shopping Directory added!

Well, it’s that time of year again; time to shop! There are plenty of places to shop in Central Florida.  From area malls to outlet stores, you are sure to find everything on your list.  The stores will have special holiday hours, mostly beginning the day after Thanksgiving, so check the individual websites for specifics.

Many of them will be having special holiday events as well, including visits from Santa Claus and midnight madness sales. Santa will be available for visits and photos at The Florida Mall, Mall at Millenia, West Oaks Mall, Orlando Fashion Square, Altamonte Mall, and Seminole Towne Center. Some facilities are even offering photos of your pets with Santa!  Check our mall shopping and outlet shopping for additional information and links to individual shopping location websites.

Perhaps you are already visiting the area and would like to shop at the theme parks you will be attending. Have no fear! There are plenty of shopping avenues located within the theme parks as well as non-ticketed areas. Downtown Disney is not only a tourist favorite but a favorite for locals too! With shuttle service to properties located within the Disney resort, there is no need to worry with local traffic. You may also want to check out Universal’s CityWalk that is host to dozens of shops and restaurants. Nightlife here is some of the best in the area!

Shopping Safety Tips:
Shopping during the holiday season can present unique danger; people are busy and can become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.  Taking a few prevention measures can help keep your holiday season joyous:

  • Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.
  • Dress casually and comfortably.
  • Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.
  • Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings.
  • Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with checks, credit, charge or debit cards. Carry cash and wallets in a front pocket to reduce your chances of having your pocket picked.
  • Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.
  • Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
  • Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.
  • Remember where you parked your car. While this may sound elementary, many shopping areas are spread out over large areas. Being unable to locate a car can cause you undue confusion and stress that may present you as a better target to a criminal.
  • If shopping late in the day or after dark, park in an area that is well lighted. Keep in mind, if you are shopping at a mall, the time the store closes from which you enter the mall, as some stores close earlier than others. This may keep you from having to walk unnecessary distances to you car if you find the store has closed earlier than you expected.
  • As you return to your car, make sure to keep your car key in your hand.
  • Don’t leave car phones, purses, CD cases, or any other item of value in your parked car where they can be seen. Always conceal these items.
  • Don’t leave purchased merchandise in your parked car where it can be seen. Conceal these items also.

When shopping with children:

  • Children should never be left alone in a car – not even for a minute.
  • Inside the mall, keep your family with you at all times. If you plan to separate, arrange a meeting place and time.
  • Instruct your children never to talk to strangers.
  • Parents should never leave children unattended. Educate your children never to go off with strangers. Your children should never roam the center or a store unsupervised.
  • Children’s names should not be displayed on clothing, jewelry, T-shirts or school bags. Knowing a child’s name invites unwanted conversation with your child.
  • If you lose sight of your child, immediately contact Security, requesting their help in the search. Be prepared to quickly describe your child in detail – age, height, weight, hair color and description of clothing.
  • Teach your child to go to either of the mall’s Guest Services locations, a mall Security officer in uniform or a store salesperson to ask for help.

While these steps don’t guarantee you will not become the victim of crime, they will hopefully reduce your chances of falling prey to a criminal.


Sources: LAPD Crime Prevention Section/Simon Malls

Winter Park Shopping, Dining & More

The Park Avenue District in Winter Park is a bit of a drive from the attraction areas, but it’s well worth the time! It’s a historic district with a beautiful park in the center of the area with shopping, art galleries, restaurants, an art museum, Rollins College and ample options to enjoy a libation.

One of the nice things about shopping on Park Avenue is the eclectic mix of shops from high end fashion to the Gap, there’s sure to be something for everyone! It has one of the largest and nicest Pottery Barns in the chain. It’s located in a historic landmark theater which was renovated spectacularly and yet retains it’s old world exterior. Almost across the street is a Restoration Hardware and down the avenue is a Williams Sonoma. There’s a large antique shop plus many independent retailers from swank to the mundane.

Park your car and enjoy walking on wide sidewalks along cobblestone streets. Park Avenue isn’t your typical tourist hot spot but it’s VERY popular with the locals. On Saturday mornings there’s a fabulous farmers market offering vegetables, plants, flowers, incredible orchids, locally fresh baked goods and so much more.

While shopping is a big part of the experience there’s no lack of restaurants from moderate priced cafes to the elegant Park Plaza Gardens and lot’s in between. If your in a hurry you can grab a quick bite at Panera or a locally owned delicatessen less than a block away.

Cigar, wine and martini bars make for a popular and hip spot to enjoy a libation. Sidewalk seating at many of the restaurants and bars are perfect for people watching and are pet friendly with Fido welcome at most establishments.

Rollins College is at one end of the Avenue an exclusive private college with a historic and beautiful campus. There’s also an American art museum and store right on Park Avenue. Browse the numerous art galleries and soak in the local flavor. It’s a very pleasant way to spend a nice day while in Orlando and it can be easy on the wallet too!

Various events are staged on Park Avenue including one of the top art shows in the country every spring. So if you’re tired of the ordinary tourist experiences try the flair of Park Avenue for an afternoon or evening of fun!