Posted in: Living Posted on: Jul 26th, 2016

More Than Just Disney World: A Guide to Orlando’s Best Local Businesses

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There are many benefits to renting in Orlando. The city is home to more than a dozen theme parks, including Walt Disney World. Fittingly nicknamed “the beautiful city,” Orlando boasts a lot to see and do, from The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Universal's Islands of Adventure to Sea World, Disney's Animal Kingdom, and the Harry P. Leu Gardens. But if you’re actually a resident of the city, you know that the small local businesses are the real draw. Here’s a list of some of the best.

Car Repairs

A problem with the car can make it difficult to get to work, school, or even just the grocery store. You’ll find Advance Auto Repairs on South Orange Blossom Trail, and its technicians can fix your roadster with ease, regardless of its make or model. Whether they’re repairing your transmission, replacing your brake pads, or performing general maintenance, you can get the service done quickly and at a fair price. If you’ve broken down and need a tow or roadside assistance, Rosario’s Towing will come to your rescue. It provides flatbed towing and roadside services 24 hours a day, and the staff is known to be efficient and reliable.

The Perfect Gift

Sometimes you’re in need of an extra special gift that’s totally unique and meaningful to the recipient. Things Remembered has a wide range of personalized gifts that inspire. Whether it’s for mom or dad, husband or wife, grandpa or grandma, or for a special friend, you’ll find something out of the ordinary in this store. There are gifts for the home and bar, babies and children, business, weddings, and practically all other special occasions.

A Good Read

If you’re looking for a page-turner that you just can’t put down, take some time to browse at Bookmark It. This cozy bookstore highlights Florida-based authors first and foremost. This is not just a place where you can buy books, it’s also a meeting place for the local literary community. Bookmark It hosts readings, author talks, book signings, book fairs, and other lit-related events. Check out the upcoming events calendar to find out who’s coming to do a reading or signing next.

Celebrity Jewelry

Have you always admired Jackie Kennedy’s emerald earrings or wanted a string of pearls like the ones Elizabeth Taylor wore? You have a good chance of finding a replica at World Famous Jewelry. This is a franchise that sells very realistic replicas of men’s and women’s jewelry worn by your favorite celebrities.

Vintage Finds

Dechoes Resale is home to a selection of designer goods, gently used accessories, and vintage items that might just inspire you. This is not your average resale store. It has a vibrant, edgy feel to it, so you’ll probably want to go back regularly to peruse the latest additions.

Although this list is a good start, there are many other local businesses in Orlando that you’ll probably want to check out. When you’ve settled into your new apartment and you’re ready to explore your local community, you can find out more about local services, entertainment, and dining out by visiting the Orlando City website.