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  • Tara Crutchfield

Best of LKLD 2022 - Retail



BEST CLOTHING BOUTIQUE

PLUM BOUTIQUE

238 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

FB @TopButtons

IG @topbuttons

Fashion that makes you feel good. Plum Market is a women’s clothing boutique located next to Top Buttons. Pick up your next favorite outfit, from head to toe, at Plum Boutique. Choose from upscale denim, clothing, accessories, shoes, and bags. Every purchase at Plum helps fund the programs of Top Buttons. Top Buttons is a faith-based nonprofit organization that empowers young women through mentorship, education, and fashion. You can find stylish new and gently used items at any of their boutique and designer thrift shop locations.

2nd: Amelia Paige Boutique

3rd: Babe’s Shoes & Apparel


BEST GIFT SHOP/ BOUTIQUE

SCOUT & TAG

244 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

(863) 225-2426

FB @scoutingVintage

IG @scoutandtag

Looking for a locally sourced Lakeland gift? Scout & Tag has it! This 3500 square foot storefront offers the cutest furnishings, decor, gifts, Lakelandcentric items, and Annie Sloan Chalk Paint products. Rafa Natural also has a space offering their organic and natural skincare products inside Scout & Tag. After browsing Rafa’s delightful soaps and such, check out Scout & Tags offerings of seasonal items, custom pieces, apparel, accessories, bride and groom, baby items, pet items, furniture, home accents, drinkware, plants, books and paper goods, puzzles, trinkets, and more.

2nd: Bungalow Boutique and Gifts

3rd: Stationery Loft & Gift Boutique


BEST JEWELER

MUNCHEL’S FINE JEWELRY

3227 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 619-6269

FB: Munchel’s Fine Jewelry & Coins

IG @munchelsjewelry

This family-owned and operated Lakeland jewelry store has been keeping Central Florida sparkling for over 30 years. Munchel’s offers a large selection of jewelry, diamonds, luxury pre-owned timepieces, antique heirlooms, rare coins, and gemstones, including engagement rings, wedding bands, earrings, pendants, loose diamonds, and custom jewelry. Munchel’s Fine Jewelry doesn’t just sell beautiful pieces – they can repair them too! One patron raved, “Service is exceptional every time we go! Everyone there is very friendly and they know what they’re talking about. Fair prices, and BD was very helpful with my boyfriend’s watches. Would highly recommend for any repairs or jewelry needs!”

2nd: Foshee Jewelers

3rd: Gaines Jewelers


BEST ANTIQUE STORE

DIXIELAND RELICS

949 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 559-8356

FB @DixielandRelics

IG @dixielandrelics

Plan to make a trip to Lakeland’s Best Antique Store, Dixieland Relics, on your next antiquing adventure. This vintage and antique shop is a treasure all its own, located in a former gas station on the corner of Highland Street and South Florida Avenue. You’ll find a bit of everything, including funky furniture, vintage decor, and more! “Such a fun antique store with a lot to see! They have a few different buildings with everything from old machine parts to curious decor. They also have plants, statues, and really funky bric a brac. Prices vary widely on their items so there’s something for everyone,” writes one happy shopper.

2nd: June Taylor

3rd: Lloyds of Lakeland


BEST THRIFT STORE

TOP BUTTONS BOUTIQUES

236 N Kentucky Ave, Lakeland

(Locations in Bartow, Winter Haven, and St. Pete)

(863) 220-2464

FB @TopButtons

IG @topbuttons

Top Buttons offers designer thrift for a good cause. This faith-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit, charitable and educational organization offers online platforms, educational events, clothing boutiques, and programs for teens in need aiming to empower young women by providing the resources they need. Top Buttons offers new and gently used thrift items at affordable prices, so you can do some high-end shopping without the high-end price tag.

2nd: Goodwill Lakeland Superstore

3rd: The Salvation Army


BEST BIKE SHOP

BENTS CYCLERY

1058 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 688-2126

FB @BentsCycling

IG @bentscyclery

Everyone in Lakeland knows Bents is the place for all things bikes! This family-owned bike shop has provided new bikes, bike gear, service, and repair for over 50 years. Bents is a Lakeland institution with something for the novice and avid cyclist alike. Just ask their customers! “Best bike shop ever! Bent will help steer you to the best bicycle for your needs. And they’ll do minor adjustments and repairs on it for life!”

2nd: LeRoy’s Bikeworks


BEST BOOK STORE

PRESSED LKLD

213 E Bay St, Lakeland

(863) 603-3166

FB @pressedlkld

IG @pressedlkld

Independent bookstore and coffee shop, Pressed, has only been open for a year, and already, they’re a Best Of LKLD voter favorite! Christina and Paul Needham opened the downtown Lakeland bookstore last summer as a “gathering space for people in our community to work, read, study, and engage in meaningful conversation.” After picking up an Ethos coffee and a Honeycomb Bread Bakers pastry from the bar, browse the Pressed curated selection of new books (classics and new releases) and a smaller section of second-hand reads. Book it over to the events tab on their website to see what’s happening at Pressed!

2nd: Books-A-Million

3rd: Little Bus Books


BEST FURNITURE STORE

HAVERTYS FURNITURE

4240 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 646-1463

FB @Havertys

IG @havertysfurniture

“At Havertys, we understand your goal of having a warm and inviting home – not just a house.” Havertys Furniture has thousands of pieces of high-quality furniture in an array of styles through their website and catalogs that customers can see and feel in person at one of their over 100 locations across 16 states. Havertys in Lakeland has a reputation for tailored customer service, with one customer writing, “Our salesperson was wonderful. Zero pressure, super helpful and knowledgeable. The cashier was warm and welcoming and had a wonderful smile! The porter was amazing and treated our new furniture like it was a gift for a loved one. He was excellent! We love our furniture and Haverty’s will be our first stop next time we are looking for furniture!”

2nd: Claussen’s Fine Furniture

3rd: June Taylor


BEST LAKELAND DOWNTOWN FARMERS CURB MARKET VENDOR

KRAZY KOMBUCHA

1030 Florida Ave S, Lakeland

(863) 661-8015

FB @krazykombucha

IG @krazykombucha

Krazy Kombucha is krazy good (and good for you)! A fan favorite of the Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market, Krazy Kombucha offers a selection of sweet and tangy kombucha flavors that are organic, low in sugar, naturally rich in probiotics and healthy acids, and brewed right here in Lakeland. Tart Cherry, Mermaid Lemonade, Blueberry Vanilla, and Spirulina Mint are just some unique and delicious Krazy Kombucha flavors. If you find yourself craving their kombucha outside the farmers market, you can get the good stuff at the Krazy Kombucha taproom, Bok Tower Gardens, Cake Makers Studio, Quinteassence Kava Bar, Tea Largo, and Cafe Zuppina. Cheers to Krazy Kombucha for their Best Of LKLD win!

2nd: Honeycomb Bread Bakers

3rd: TIE – East of These Omusubee

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