Florida Guide > Shopping
Situated on Vineland Avenue, exit 68 on I4 – there is a huge Catholic Church beside this, name escapes me, but last Christmas Day mass attracted 2000 worshippers
so get there early to get a seat – police patrol the parking.
A Factory outlet mall
with official opening hours of 10am to 11pm daily apart from Sunday when
it closes at 9pm. However,
I have been during low season and the shops started closing around 9pm
during the week.
This has only been built
a few years and is a very attractive and well laid out outlet. Slightly more expensive than others in Orlando but more exclusive
Designer shops. Bargains to
be found and as with most things in the US – cheaper than in the UK is
the usual story.
I have not visited every
shop – although the rest of the family will try and tell you
otherwise, but below are some I have visited and sometimes bought in.
Many sports wear stores
here. Adidas, Big Dog
Sportswear, Puma, Nike and Reebok. Lots of savings on trainers here, always collect coupons when you can, as there are often savings to be made using these –
particularly at Reebok. Nike
store not as big as Belz but many bargains nevertheless.
Kid’s stores include
Oilily - very expensive here in the UK and not great bargains to be
found but here you can sometimes get winter coats that around £150 here
for half that. Calvin
Klein, Guess, Tommy Hilfiger and Levis all have a children’s section
and T-shirts are very reasonable. Osh
Kosh is here and Strasburg Children sell fantastic dresses for that
The Designer stores such
as Burberry, DKNY, Nautica, Ralph Lauren and Versace all have
children’s clothes available but limited – Burberry don’t seem to
do much now that it has become popular in the UK again. Nautica had a
sale there once when all kids clothese were $9!!! My children have a coat every year until they are 15!!
For the adults, Anne
Klein, Banana Republic, Barneys, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Clothestime,
DKNY, Dress Barn, Escada, French Connection, Fubu, Giorgio Armani,
Guess, Hugo Boss, Levis, Louis Feraud, Max Mara, Nautica, Ralph Lauren,
Tommy Hilfiger, Van Heusen and Versace can all be found here – all
factory outlets so great savings to be made in all shops. Timberland sell everything from shoes to clothes to accessories.
For shoes try Liz
Claibourne and Etienne Aigner – often running buy one, get one half
price offers. Bass are
popular in the US and Kenneth Cole which is taking off over here
(Kenneth Cole are expensive but beautiful leather shoes particularly for
men). Skechers and
Timberland also have stores here.
outlets here (my tip however – go to Saks of Fifth Avenue outlet by
Belz – Gucci, Versace, Moschino never any more than $60 – Burberry
sunglasses and CK for $40! Tommy
Hilfiger always around $20 in Marshalls and CK around $25 in Marshalls
– last seasons).
Lovely gift shops here
such as sweets, cigars, cosmetic stores – not too mention a great
A large food court
offering usual US food court options – Chinese, Italian, Spanish,
burgers, salads etc. Also
cookies and doughnuts and coffee galore if that’s all you want.
There are always little
carts in the walkways and they are worth stopping at as sell good
Premium Outlets is
definitely worth a visit – my last bargain was a Ralph Lauren handbag
for $30 and the exact same is £70 here! Also a burberry handbag that is £350 here was only $169 in the
Burberry shop – I was only allowed to look at that one!
More contained than Belz
and easier to find places with help of the map that you can find at
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