Holiday Gift Guide 2013

While November has just begun, and Thanksgiving is still a few weeks away, many Southwest Orlando residents may already feel pressure in their search for amazing holiday gifts for everyone on their lists. Southwest Orlando Bulletin’s annual Holiday Gift Guide provides a comprehensive listing of various local stores, as well as gift ideas — from always-handy gift cards to cosmetic treatments to fun fitness opportunities and more — that are sure to please everyone this holiday season.


Art Is In the Air, located in Suite 5-A at 1201 Winter Garden-Vineland Road in Winter Garden,, invites shoppers to a one-day, eight-hour event Dec. 21 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Its staff understands that no matter a gift-seeker’s good intentions, there is always a last-minute rush for that perfect gift. Unfortunately, that rushing is compounded by crowds in stores, picked-over selections and elusive parking spots, leading to added stress. People can keep it simple by shopping among 10 merchants — at one location with ample parking — all while enjoying refreshments. Mark your calendars now.

Bay Hill Jewelers’ philosophy is to go above and beyond for its clients. Its staff members strive to ensure that each client has an experience he remembers and becomes a customer for life. The company prides itself on designing quality pieces in every price range, and there is a designer and master craftsman on premise. Located at 7782 W. Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Bay Hill Jewelers is a family-owned business that proudly supports 12 local charities annually. For more information, call 407-226-6882 or visit on the Web.

Stella & Dot Associate Director and independent stylist Jaime Silveira, 407-625-9686,,, offers the boutique-style jewelry and accessories of Stella & Dot through in-home trunk shows and her online store. Stella & Dot’s one-of-a-kind collections are designed by celebrated New York designers and have been featured on The CW’s show Gossip Girl, and in Lucky and In Style magazines. Many celebrities are listed among the company’s clients. Prices range from $19 to $248, and all jewelry is shipped within a week in beautiful, gift-ready packaging. Shoppers also can indulge in a boutique experience by hosting a 90-minute, casual trunk show in their home or office. Show hosts receive free jewelry and shop with a 50 percent discount.

Body & Hair Care

Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery at 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd., Suite 100, Orlando,, offers complimentary consultations by Dr. James Matas, a board-certified plastic surgeon. Advanced Centre for Plastic Surgery is introducing Skinny Wraps to the practice with a special holiday offer of four wraps for $100. Call 407-345-8145 to schedule an appointment and see what your new look could be.

Shoppers can give the gift of beauty this holiday season with a gift certificate from Dr. Rita Black. She offers a wide range of cosmetic procedures and products, and will assist clients in selecting the optimal treatments for their concerns. All procedures and consults are performed by Dr. Black. Look for her ad in this issue of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin for a list of November’s specials. Dr. Black’s office is located in Suite 220 at 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd. in Orlando. For more information, call 407-668-4757 or visit on the Web.

With more than 11.7 million massages to its credit, Massage Envy, located near Whole Foods in Phillips Crossing at 8081 Turkey Lake Road, Suite 100, Orlando, 407-354-3689,, is the nation’s foremost provider of therapeutic massage. Massage Envy’s top-quality therapists, professional atmosphere and affordable prices put an hour of relaxation only moments away. Gift cards and gift memberships are available. With more than 900 locations nationwide, a Massage Envy gift card or membership can be given to family members and friends both near and far. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-10 p.m., Saturday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

The Meisenheimer Day Spa has the perfect gifts for your loved ones. Everyone likes to be pampered, and what better way than with a custom facial treatment? The spa’s heated tables and fountains help clients relax while music fills the air. Each customized service also comes with a special gift to use as a stocking stuffer. The Meisenheimer Day Spa is located in Suite 115 at 7300 Sandlake Commons Blvd. in Orlando. Hours of operation are Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. For more information, call 407-351-8885 or visit on the Web.

Orlando Eye Institute, 6068 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Suite 10, Orlando, 407-704-3937,, offers comprehensive eye care to the Southwest Orlando community. Drs. Keshini Parbhu and Deepak Raja are board-certified medical doctors with subspecialty training. They provide a variety of services, like routine eye exams, refractive surgery and cosmetic and functional eyelid surgery; as well as nonsurgical cosmetic treatments, including Botox Cosmetic, dermal fillers and permanent eyeliner. Gift certificates are available. Readers who mention this editorial receive one free treatment area of Botox or $25 off the new 5-milliliter bottle of Latisse, while supplies last. Some restrictions apply. Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Salon Salon, 8015 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, 407-447-9898; and 59 N. Orange Ave., Orlando, 407-423-1956,, introduces the concept of wellness, beauty and environmentally conscious gift-giving. Throughout the holiday season, Salon Salon is offering a variety of gift packages, both hand-selected and pre-made, at a variety of price points to satisfy holiday shoppers. Personal shopping services are available, as well as pre-ordering to get an early start on gift-giving needs. Salon Salon is extending a special retail bonus of a $20 gift card toward a customer’s next hair service with a purchase of $150 or more. Operating hours are Sunday from noon-7 p.m., Monday and Saturday from 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Tuesday-Friday from 8:30 a.m.-9 p.m.

Roxanne Kasper, owner of Spa Affair and a master hair colorist for 20 years, has opened a larger second location in Windermere called Windermere Spa & Salon. Offering an infrared sauna; a foot detox station; teeth whitening; spray tanning; and hair, skin and nail services, both her salon and spa are within walking distance. Your time is valuable, and for your convenience you can shop online and print custom designed gift certificates on the company website at Online shoppers can simply pick a dollar amount and their gift recipients can create their own experiences or add their own upgrades. For more information, call 407-876-0575.

Home & Garden

Molly Maid, 412 Story Road, Ocoee, 407-877-0184,, is a residential home-cleaning service. Molly Maid sends a team of two trained, insured and bonded home-service professionals to clean the home. Whether it is a one-time or regular service, Molly Maid will design a custom cleaning plan with a free in-home estimate. The gift of time is always the perfect present. Gift certificates and more information are available.

Royal Landscape Nursery, 2204 Hempel Ave., Gotha, 407-296-3042, 407-445-4644,, offers gifts that keep on growing. Royal Mulch & Nursery features acres of landscape foliage. Shoppers can find quality shrubs, trees, palms, sod, mulch and more to beautify any landscape. Family-owned and -operated, Royal Mulch prides itself on providing only the best quality, price and selection. Royal Landscape also specializes in landscape design and installation. Its quality keeps them growing. Gift certificates are available.

A gift that will be appreciated every day for years to come is ShelfGenie Storage Solutions. ShelfGenie custom designs, builds and installs Glide-Outs into existing cabinets and pantries, turning hard-to-reach shelves into easy-to-access drawers. Custom built in the U.S.A., Glide-Outs hold up to 100 pounds yet fully extend with the touch of a finger. Give the gift of more space, easier access and better organization with ShelfGenie Glide-Outs. For more information, call 888-886-6133 or visit on the Web.

Window blinds, custom draperies, valances, wallpaper, upholstery and custom bedding are specialties of Windows & Walls, 407-298-2626,, 6416 W. Colonial Drive, Orlando, in the Village West Plaza. Locally owned and operated for more than 17 years by Ann Johnson Gingras, Windows & Walls can handle all interior decorating projects — large and small —now and throughout the holiday season. Store hours are Tuesday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. After-hours appointments, complimentary consultations and gift certificates are available.

Pet Presents

Bark Avenue Bakery, 7728 W. Sand Lake Road, Orlando, 407-345-9999,, celebrates its 13th year, and has often been called Central Florida’s finest gourmet dog bakery. Bark Avenue Bakery offers a large selection of holistic dog and cat foods, supplements, fresh dog treats made daily, and uniquely decorated holiday treats that make even the fussiest pups drool with excitement. Toys, collars, treat jars, picture frames and more can all be found at Bark Avenue Bakery. Shoppers are encouraged to visit the bakery’s open kitchen and smell the difference.

Restaurants & Entertainment

Cariera’s Cucina Italiana, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 12, Orlando, 407-351-1187,, is located in Dr. Phillips. Cariera’s has authentic Italian cuisine, including pasta, chicken, veal and seafood, as well as daily specials. Cariera’s has a full liquor bar and provides live entertainment in the lounge Wednesday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a happy hour seven days a week from 4-7 p.m. Cariera’s can cater or host holiday parties, and gift certificates are available. Readers should visit Cariera’s website to view holiday events, coupons and specials. Cariera’s will be open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and it opens at 11 a.m. on New Year’s Day.

Offering fine Lebanese cuisine, Cedar’s Restaurant’s selection of main courses includes hummus, tabbouleh, falafel, shish kabobs, lamb chops, seafood and traditional Lebanese dishes. The restaurant also boasts 29 different appetizers, weekend entertainment and belly-dancing. Located at 7732 W. Sand Lake Road in Orlando, Cedar’s is open Monday-Thursday from 11:30 a.m.-10:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 11:30 a.m.-midnight, and Sunday from 12:30-9:30 p.m. For more information, call 407-351-6000 or visit on the Web.

Fresco Cucina Italiana, 7603 Turkey Lake Road, Orlando, 407-363-5775,, serves Orlando’s finest Italian fare with exciting dishes and a unique ambiance. At Fresco Cucina Italiana, every dish is created using only the freshest, finest ingredients. The entrees are like no other, and patrons can enjoy a plentiful bowl of Pappardelle Bolognese or one of the establishment’s many secondi dishes with pleasure. Diners also may choose a glass of wine from the wine bar, and a full bar is available. Fresco Cucina Italiana is ready to make any night a night to remember. Gift cards are available, and operating hours are Monday-Friday from 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. and Saturday from 5-10 p.m. Reservations are welcome.

Ice, featuring Frosty the Snowman, at the Gaylord Palms, 6000 W. Osceola Parkway, Kissimmee, 407-586-4423,, is open Nov. 23, 2013, through Jan. 5, 2014. Orlando’s favorite holiday event is back, and this year, Frosty is leading the way. Join Frosty and his friends on their quest to the North Pole in a colorfully frozen retelling of this original Christmas classic. More than 2 million pounds of hand-carved ice sculptures and four ice slides bring your favorite scenes to life. New this year is Artisans in Action, a bonus live ice-carving zone. Make Christmas at Gaylord Palms your family’s holiday tradition. To purchase tickets, visit the website listed above.

Marlow’s Tavern at Pointe Orlando, 9101 International Drive, Orlando, 407-351-3627, is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family members for lunch or dinner. Its customers can enjoy chef-inspired food, handcrafted cocktails and a daily happy hour. Anyone who wants to be assured of a good time can simply say, “Meet me at Marlow’s.” The tavern also offers gift certificates for those searching for a tasty gift, whether for the holidays, birthdays or corporate-gifting. Marlow’s Tavern is open daily at 11:30 a.m. Become an “insider” at on the Web.

Peperoncino, 7988 Via Dellagio Way, Suite 108, Orlando, 407-440-2856,,, not only serves authentic Italian dishes; it also changes the dinner menu nightly to use only the freshest ingredients and executive chef Barbara Alfano’s creativity and passion. Peperoncino offers a wide range of delicatessen items imported from Italy, and this holiday season, the restaurant will offer unique panettoni from Venezia, as well as many other original, authentic Italian gift items. Dining enthusiasts should visit Peperoncino for an authentic Italian meal, prepared right in front of them from the open kitchen, while they drink only the best, most exclusive Italian wine.

Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer flies into the Orlando Repertory Theatre, 1001 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, this holiday season with performances from Nov. 14-Dec. 29. This stage version, co-sponsored by the Edyth Bush Charitable Foundation and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children, features all the characters and songs from the classic TV special. Join Rudolph and his friends — Hermey, Clarice and Yukon Cornelius — as their adventures show us that what sets you apart can be a good thing. This holiday tradition speaks to the little misfit in us all. Ticket prices start at $12. For more information, call 407-896-7365 or visit on the Web.

From its beginning more than three decades ago, The Singing Christmas Trees at First Baptist Church Orlando, 3000 S. John Young Parkway, Orlando, 888-461-9824,, has become one of Central Florida’s most loved, spectacular traditions. Featuring a huge choir, full orchestra, dance, drama and beautiful display of 250,000 lights, this event offers an exciting presentation of Christmas classics and the pageantry of the two 40-foot-tall Christmas trees. Performances take place Dec. 6-15, and ticket prices begin at $5.

Subway, the world’s largest sub sandwich chain, caters to its clients’ good tastes when co-workers, friends and families gather for holidays, business meetings or special occasions. All Subway Sandwich Platters are prepared on a variety of freshly baked gourmet breads with a choice of cold cuts. New platters, including the Flavor Craver, Subway Fresh Fit and Classic Combo, also are available. Each platter is custom-made to order. Subway Cash Cards also are available. The cards, which make great stocking stuffers, can be purchased at on the Web. For more information, visit on the Web.

Tavares, Eustis & Gulf Railroad, 305 E. Main St., Tavares, 352-742-7200,, provides tourist railroad service, connecting the cities of Tavares, Eustis, Mount Dora, Winter Garden and Orlando. The Orange Blossom Cannonball is pulled by a 1907 wood-burning steam locomotive and features vintage coaches. The train has appeared in more than 20 movies and TV shows, including 3:10 to Yuma; True Grit; O Brother, Where Art Thou; The North & the South; and Appaloosa. One- and two-hour, and longer trips are offered. Specialty trains include The Cannonball Christmas Express and the 9:10 to Lake Jem Photo Train. The gift shop is open daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

TooJay’s Original Gourmet Deli is the perfect partner for anyone starting to think about their holiday plans. Best known for overstuffed deli sandwiches and traditional deli favorites, TooJay’s also provides outstanding catering services at prices that will make hosts and hostesses smile. Everything, from carved and decorated turkeys to gourmet party platters to lavish hors d’oeuvres and fabulous hot entree buffets, is carefully prepared and beautifully presented. TooJay’s offers six area locations, including at The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips and Shoppes at Ocoee. For more information, call 407-355-0340 or visit on the Web.

World of Beer Dr. Phillips, 7800 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 300, Orlando, 407-355-3315,, carries everything gifters need for the craft beer aficionados in their lives. Shoppers can choose from more than 500 bottles of beer, apparel, and gift cards available in any amount. Or they may want to give the gift that keeps on giving — a World of Beer Loyalty Card. The loyalty card rewards members for drinking beer.

Sports, Fun & Fitness

In today’s day and age, time is more precious than gold, and health oftentimes is neglected for convenience. Located in Suite 300 at 8081 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando, Body20 is the perfect solution for time and fitness. Its expert staff tailors clients’ training to maximize muscle growth, burn fat and improve endurance — all in 20 minutes. Training is conducted in a private room with each client’s own certified trainer. This holiday season, don’t just give someone a gift; give the gift of a healthy, new life. Gift certificates and gift packages are available to transform a friend or family member’s life. For more information, call 407-363-0020 or visit on the Web.

Join the Jewish Community Center of Southwest Orlando at the Jack & Lee Rosen Campus, 11184 S. Apopka-Vineland Road, Orlando, 407-387-5330,, for a day of health, wellness and shopping at J-Fit on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Measure your health with complimentary screenings and nutritional consultations. You’ll also be able to relax in the Yoga Zen Den and sample transformative yoga and meditation. Experience demos of JCC’s group exercise classes like Zumba, cycling, boot camp, Pilates, Silver Sneakers and more; or summon your inner shopaholic and browse vendors’ selections of green home goods, cosmetics, fashion, accessories and more. Food is available for purchase, and children’s activities (and baby-sitting for up to two hours) are available.

Victory Martial Arts, located in Suite 120 of The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7512 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, 407-903-1133, specializes in reinforcing empowering habits, such as discipline, confidence and respect, in its students. VMA also offers a school in Hunter’s Creek, 407-857-0520. VMA provides self-defense classes for children and adults, and is now offering a special three-week course that includes an official Victory uniform for $59. A free, no-obligation introductory class is available for first-time clients. Locations are open Monday-Saturday.

Odds & Ends

The Brella Bag Hands-Free Umbrella Holder is the perfect unique gift for anyone who uses an umbrella to have protection from the sun or to stay dry when it is raining. The Brella Bag is an economical tote bag that offers the hands-free ability to also hold an umbrella so that your hands are free. It is great for carrying groceries, and watching soccer, football, baseball or golf. Rainy Day Solutions offers this amazing product at on the Web. Order yours today!

Capture Video & Photo is offering a holiday promotion to kick off the 2013 season. Book a photo session before Nov. 30, 2013, and mention this editorial to receive one hour for $90. With this deal, you will get full-resolution photos on a DVD-ROM for printing or sharing. For more information, call 407-883-7555, email or visit on the Web.

The Dessert Lady Bakery, located in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 407-999-5696,, offers the best in holiday favorites, including its renowned carrot cake, pumpkin cheesecake, caramel apple cake and bourbon pecan pie. Platters for assorted cake bites are extremely popular for holiday parties, and they also make wonderful gifts. So take the Dessert Lady home for the holidays and impress your family members and friends with handcrafted gourmet desserts.

Dynasty Gallery & Gifts is Orlando’s premier destination for fine gifts, jewelry and collectibles. Its featured brands include Pandora, Swarovski, Brighton, Vera Bradley, Lladró and many others. For more than 17 years, Dynasty Gallery has been Orlando’s premier gift store, providing the best in service and selection. Stop in to see its holiday events and promotions, including a visit by Santa himself. Dynasty Gallery is located outside the West Oaks Mall at 1067 S. Clarke Road in Ocoee. For more information, call 407-522-4400.

Eco-Art Custom Framing is celebrating 25 years of serving the Southwest Orlando area with creative, conservation, custom framing. Eco-Art’s reputation is well-known for excellent service and quality framing for every taste and budget, with a wide selection of frames, mats — including fabrics — and glass options. All framing is performed in-house. From shadowboxes to family portraits to children’s art to sports memorabilia, Eco-Art has the experience to preserve special moments. Eco-Art is located at 5162 Dr. Phillips Blvd. in Orlando, and operating hours are Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and after hours by appointment. For more information, call 407-578-0114 or visit on the Web.

Fairvilla’s Sexy Things, located at 7535 International Drive, Orlando, 407-826-1627, is gearing up for the holidays with a stylish selection of seasonal lingerie and expanded offering of romantic gifts. Fairvilla’s Sexy Things, with a commitment to fun and education, is the place to shop for unique and playful pleasure products that are guaranteed to put a spark into any relationship. Bright, spacious and tastefully displayed, Fairvilla’s Sexy Things is a must-shop for the holidays.

High Line Car Sales Inc., 407-877-3841, 2718 Rew Circle, Ocoee,,, has been at the same location for 15 years. High Line Car Sales provides automotive repairs and sales, including consignments for retail and wholesales of European and other imported vehicles. Shoppers are invited to use the coupon featured on the ad in this issue of the Southwest Orlando Bulletin for special savings on automotive repairs, or check High Line’s website for monthly/quarterly special savings. Operating hours are Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and limited hours on Saturday. Gift certificates are available, and all major credit cards are accepted.

Success in school begins with Huntington Learning Center, 5060 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Orlando, 407-522-4477. Its staff teaches academic skills that help children achieve success that lasts a lifetime. Huntington Learning Center also offers SAT/ACT/PSAT prep classes. Through Dec. 31, 2013, parents may bring their children to the center for a diagnostic test and receive a free $25 Stonewood Grill & Tavern gift card. This offer cannot be combined with any other offer and is for new students only.

Located directly behind Universal Studios, Just Dance Studios, 5911 Turkey Lake Road, Suite 103, Orlando, 407-730-9845,, offers the gift of dance, which will stay with recipients for a lifetime. The studio provides classes for students of all skill levels, age 2 through adult, in ballet, jazz, hip-hop, lyrical, tap and boys-only hip-hop. Just Dance Studios’ highly qualified instructors teach proper dance training in a positive, rewarding environment.

Since 1982, The Maile Image, Modeling & Acting School, 999 S. Orlando Ave., Winter Park, 407-628-5989,, has been offering classes for children, teens and adults. The school specializes in the areas of image and confidence development, modeling and on-camera acting for TV, commercials and film. Specialized one-day workshops in etiquette, casting, auditioning and more are offered. All classes are taught by industry experts. The school also offers a free, professional industry seminar that prepares clients for head shots, agents, booking jobs, auditions, avoiding scams and more. Gift certificates are available, and all credit cards are accepted. The school is a member of the Central Florida Better Business Bureau.

The Pink Chalet, Southwest Orlando’s special boutique, is where shoppers can find something for everyone on their holiday lists. The shop offers unique women’s apparel, accessories and gifts, with such brands as Three Dots, Joy Joy, Theme, Vera Bradley, Brighton, Barefoot Dreams, Judith March, Waxing Poet, My Flat in London, Foot Pedals, Tyler Candles and numerous others. Located in Suite 400 at 8031 Turkey Lake Road in Orlando, The Pink Chalet’s operating hours are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-7 p.m. and Sunday from noon-5 p.m. For more information, call 407-363-7465 or visit
on the Web.

Mathnasium of Winter Garden, 13848 Tilden Road, Suite 172, Winter Garden, 321-236-2842,, is a highly specialized learning center that only teaches math. Students attend two to three times per week for one hour. Its goal is to significantly increase a child’s math skills and understanding of math concepts, while building self-confidence and forging a positive attitude toward math. Residents should offer the gift of knowledge and self-assurance to the children they love. Scholarships are available for part or all of Mathnasium’s monthly programs, and they come with a math dictionary that teaches math in a way that makes sense to children.

Tommy Bahama Sample Shop, 1235 N. Orange Ave., Suite 102, Orlando, 407-730-4880, offers great deals on gifts for men. The store carries a huge selection of men’s camp shirts, shorts, pants, swimwear, jackets and sweaters, size medium through double extra-large. Items are priced from $10 to $60, and sales are ongoing. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m.-6 p.m.

Total Art and More’s brand-new larger store in Dr. Phillips offers much more than custom framing and mirrors. It is a one-stop gift, home accent and art gallery. No one does it like Total Art does by offering the best in quality, affordability and customer service. Its on-site designers and staff members can assist customers with designer jewelry purchases or simply help them make that final decision on fine art selections. Total Art is located in The Marketplace at Dr. Phillips, 7600 Dr. Phillips Blvd., Suite 170, Orlando. For more information, call 407-248-8610.

Nobody loves the holidays like Whole Foods Market’s butchers, bakers, cheesemongers, fishmongers, wine specialists and produce experts. They are all ready to help customers find the best picks of the season, from brie and broth to turkeys and truffles. Don’t know where to begin? Well, worry no more. Stop by Whole Foods’ holiday table for help or to place an order. You also can shop online for fresh turkeys, prepared entrees and entire meals. While there, get recipes, tips and guides — the help you need all holiday long, at

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