John Craig's award-winning clothier fashions sophisticated men's apparel. Signature ties are handcrafted from 100% silk, pop with color, sport elegant designs and stitched-in firecrackers, and allow wearers to pull off a diverse range of looks from the casual, refined professor to the clean-cut businessman. Craig's sales associates pride themselves on providing individualized customer service to match the upscale atmosphere, replete with traditional rugs, comfortable armchairs, and dark wooden shelving.
Siegel's Clothing Co.'s quarter century of service earned a nod from the readers of Orlando Magazine as the city's best specialty clothing store for both men and women. Collections of tailored clothing and sportswear ($28.50+) impart the menswear section with a leisurely ambience, while women's tops ($28.50–$148.50) and dresses ($58.50–$248.50) swathe bodies with brand names such as Desigual and Tolani. Once properly robed, visitors can pick up necklaces, earrings, bracelets , and other gifts ($18.50+) as bribes to get traffic cops to let you ride to work atop an armor-clad elephant. Siegel's leverages three decades of experience to clothe both men and women, while hosted special events unveil new collections.
Just walking through the door of All Fired Up can lead to artistic inspiration for paint-your-own-pottery sessions. Paper butterflies, flowers, and stars speckle the floor-to-ceiling windows, and ceramic tiles in the shape of birds, hearts, and trees cover the back wall. Artists of all experience levels can select a bisque piece to decorate with the studio’s vast supply of paints and melted Skittles.
Recently relocated to a new downtown location, Hot Olives Restaurant hosts a diverse menu that indulges multifarious mouths. Nine-to-fivers who regularly replace their usual PB&J lunch with an island crab-cake sandwich ($12) or a fried-green-tomato BLT ($11) may experience a decrease in midafternoon popcorn mirages. Dinner diners can start with a signature appetizer of hot olives, breaded and diced black olives infused with asiago cheese and a side of blue cheese layered with sweet chili sauce ($9). The tropical almond chicken salad ($15) and hearts of Palm Beach ($11) appeal to salad seekers, and the chicken pompadour boasts a lemon-caper buerre blanc ($17), sometimes used as a styling aid by Elvis impersonators. Lunch is served from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday–Saturday; dinner is served from 4 to 10 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday and until 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
LaBella Intimates' owner, Santa LaBellman, dubbed the "Bra Whisperer" by Orange Appeal magazine, tempts eyes with her boutique's collection of lacy, silky, and frilly underthings procured from European and domestic designers. Santa, who is concerned that many women wear the wrong bra size or traffic cones under their shirts, offers complimentary fittings to match bosoms with cup sizes ranging from A cup to K cup and band sizes ranging from 30–50. The shop primarily carries brassieres and underwear from European brands Nikol Djumon, Kris Line, and V.O.V.A., but Santa also stocks playful pajamas from Bedhead and Toute la Nuit and smoothing shapewear by Yummie Tummie. After slipping behind the dressing rooms' black-and-white brocade curtains to try on their chosen wares, shoppers stand beneath the glow of a chandelier at the front register to take possession of their new lingerie.