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Shop Like An Orlandoan | Gift guide for any one on your list, from the foodie to the vintage treasure hunter. All the suggestions are local Orlando businesses or online businesses who call Orlando home.

Murals : St. Pete | Last week I wrote about some of the awesome things St. Pete has to offer, such as a variety of local restaurants, a downtown area full of shops and bars within walking distance of the Ray’s stadium, and the picturesque St. Pete beach. The last factor that makes St. Pete so unique and Daycation worthy is the abundance of art found all over the city.

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Daycation : St. Pete | I rarely venture far from the city limits of Orlando, but I recently decided that needs to change! So I’m occasionally going to be taking little Daycations and writing about my favorite things about cities that aren’t too far for a day trip from Central Florida. The first place on my list was St. Petersburg, which is about 2 hours away from my home. I did a little research prior to driving down, because I really had three goals in mind : 1. visit local restaurants/businesses 2. find some of the amazing murals I had read about and 3. visit St. Pete Beach. The first stop was the beach, which was gorgeous! I usually go to Daytona Beach since it is the closest beach to Orlando, but St. Pete beach has a much more chill vibe which I really loved. It was the perfect place to relax and unwind after the drive.

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Crate Diggers | The demand for records continues to increase and so have the places selling new and used vinyl, which is a definite plus for people like me. From those wanting to expand their record collection, find rare music memorabilia, music posters, or score random music related collectables, these are the best spots in Orlando to check out and broaden your assortment.

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You Need To Check Out : Artegon Marketplace | When you enter a typical mall, you already know what to expect; a few of your established stores, a mundane food court, and not much else. Artegon Marketplace has done a wonderful job of making the “mall experience” one of a kind. First and foremost: you support local artists and artisans. Artegon is Orlando’s only daily indoor artisanal marketplace (and Florida’s largest). What really sets Artegon apart, however, is that when you’re done shopping, there are still hours of adventuring left. Seriously, where else can you watch a movie, hop on trampolines and finish by riding around the mall on mechanical animals? I also can’t think of a better place to find everyone on your list a perfect, unique gift for any occasion.

Murals : Orlando | There are countless murals and dope graffiti art around Orlando, especially in the Mills 50 area. While driving or walking around the Mills area you can find “Art Boxes”, “Art Dumpsters”, and now even 25 of the storm drains in Mills (now called Art Drains) are getting beautified thanks to Mills 50 and the City of Orlando. I’ve compiled some of the different murals and art here and included as much artist and location information as possible so they can be easily found.

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