Central Florida Hotspot for Vintage Clothing and Costume Rentals Finds New Home in College Park
|Contact: Lisa Smith
Written By: Sienna Malik
Orlando Vintage Clothing & Costume
2117 W. Fairbanks Ave
Winter Park, FL 32789
The business’s new home was constructed in 1952 and originally served as a grocery store. It was later the site of American Antiques for three generations. That the building is one of the few historical retail locations in the area immediately appealed to Orlando Vintage owner Lisa Smith, who looks at her purchase of the property as a “coming home” of sorts, as the store’s original location was on Edgewater Drive in College Park. Other factors that led her to acquisition were the property’s size, the hardwood flooring on the second level and its uniqueness in being a free-standing building in an area where strip malls are ubiquitous.
Orlando Vintage will continue to offer Central Florida an ever-growing selection of 19th and 20th century clothing and accessory options, and will continue to be the region’s sole provider of year-round costume rentals. With over 4500 square feet to work with, Smith will now have more than double the room in which to conduct business. Expressing her excitement over this space, she says, “My vision has always been to have an all-inclusive facility. We’ll be able to have space for doing restorations, a library, a photography studio and a full laundry facility. There will be a working kitchen and space to organize vintage items by decade and by clientele. There will also be other opportunities to expand my business on the property, since it has both a 600 square foot barn and a two bedroom house.”
With her keen eye for style, Smith looks forward to putting her own touches on the property, including its first-floor showroom. She is, however, also dedicated to maintaining the building’s historic integrity. “I am restoring the terrazzo floors back to their original luster,” she explains, “The original windows and doors will stay intact – I will just sand and paint them. The property came with cats; I am a cat lover, so I’ll be taking care of them.” She also looks forward to keeping a garden on the property and providing comfortable places for customers to sit.
Coming with Smith to the new space are two employees, Ariana and Sienna, who are excitedly learning not only about vintage clothing, but also about the process of renovating a building. For continued updates on the business’s relocation, please follow Orlando Vintage’s Facebook and Instagram accounts. After the move, the store’s phone number (407-599-7225) and email address (email@example.com) will remain the same.
Since 1995, Orlando Vintage Clothing & Costume has worked with both the public and professional markets, to provide high-quality and thoroughly researched historical clothing. In recent years, the store has taken pride in dressing both the Greater Orlando area and actors in popular television and film productions from coast to coast. Recent productions she has provided clothing for include the film Live by Night (currently in theaters), the upcoming remake of It, and television shows such as Masters of Sex, The Man in the High Castle, Mad Men, Boardwalk Empire and Vinyl. Owner Smith also travels to New York City multiple times each year to participate in the Manhattan Vintage Show. This year she will be a featured vendor in the shows, with the first of three 2017 events taking place on February 3rd and 4th.