Parents often say, 'It's not what you say, it's how you say it." One friendly downtown store scores points on both.
Visitors that walk inside Julianne's Coastal Cottage, a beach-inspired gift shop, are typically welcomed with a tempting invitation. A cheerful voice from behind the tiki hut counter typically asks "Can I offer you a wine smoothie?" and promptly scores a customer for life.
In addition to a fun shopping experience, Julianne's also provides a diverse mix of offerings including Florida wines, coastal gifts, home decor and women's accessories. The full and bright space also boasts a large selection of top gourmet brands and Key Lime products which are complemented with beautiful entertaining accessories.
Shoppers should be sure to leave with an award-winning Key Lime pie on a stick and a jar of candied jalapenos for later.
Julianne's Coastal Cottage is located at 135 E. 4th Avenue, downtown Mount Dora
Customer Service: Very friendly (Voted Friendliest Customer Service in 2015 Best of Mount Dora awards)
Fab Finds: Key Lime Pie on a stick, Suzy Toronto gifts, Candied Jalapenos, Coastal inspired quilts
Key Brands: Stonewall Kitchen, Suzy Toronto, Mud Pie, The Gourmet Spot, Kermit's Key Lime, Robert Rothschild Farm, Gullah Gourmet
The sounds of customers' low snickers and exuberant bursts of laughter can be strong indicators of success. At least that's true for one downtown Mount Dora business. Filled to near capacity with whimsical gifts, hilarious cards, sarcastic t-shirts and interesting art pieces, the WOW! Factory succeeds in bringing broad smiles to the faces of those that dared to step inside.
Local residents have long recognized the store's original mix of products as a favored destination for gifts for everyone from a boss to a best friend, providing they have a healthy sense of humor. There is the buddha butter dish, whimsical kitchen tools, bold socks and dozens of greeting cards that treat every occasion with wonderfully excessive humor. There are also collections of artisan jewelry and decor to satisfy the store's creative-minded customers.
The WOW! Factory originally opened in 2005 on 5th Avenue and re-opened in its current location 3 years ago after a brief hiatus. The owners, Bill Sievert & John Theis moved to Mount Dora after residing in Delaware, and Washington, D.C. where they also owned stores.
The WOW! Factory, located at 117 E. 4th Avenue, downtown Mount Dora.
The large and well merchandised storefront window is often what draws visitors the first time, but it's what's inside that keeps shoppers coming back regularly. Since opening in 2013, this artful and natural boutique has continually created the perfect blend of nature inspired art with more contemporary brands like Lilly Pulitzer, Lake Girl and Crabtree & Evelyn. Papilio's trendy jewelry is both current and affordable, so it's a must-shop for stylish 30 and 40-somethings. The atmosphere blends corrugated metal, burlap and real tree branches with contemporary hues and warm furnishings. Joel Mass, one of the friendly shopkeepers and an established artist, also lets his original butterfly art adorn the store's walls. Papilio is located at 120 W. Fifth Avenue, downtown Mount Dora.
Customer Service: Stellar
Fab Finds: Costume jewelry, Peepers brand glasses, over-sized canvas yoga and tote bags