Ivanhoe Row (N. Orange Ave. and the area surrounding it) is often overlooked by Orlando residents as well as Orlando visitors. Just minutes from I-4, you will find yourself in an eclectic, green neighborhood full of friendly, creative people. A quick tour will reveal hidden delights for everyone in your group.
Before you start out, be sure you have your walking shoes on. Most parking is street-side and it’s best to stay put once you park. Orlando is hot – bring water and sunscreen. If you must bring young children (but don’t because young kids hate antique stores as much as antique store owners dislike young kids) a stroller or carrier is recommended. When it’s time to leave, have the driver go get the car and pick up the rest of your tired group.
1618 Something Different
If you appreciate mid-century furniture and decor, you will not want to miss this shop. 1618 is not cheap but, it carries a fine variety of items from the 1940’s-1970’s – a perfect fit for many of Orlando’s older homes. 1618 N. Orange Ave.
A & T Antiques
Just a door down, you will find one of Orlando’s largest antique stores – 20,000 square feet. A & T has been selling new, used and antique furniture since 1975. It’s a family business and the staff is happy to help you find what you seek. Their selection of antique furniture and accessories is always changing and always eclectic. This won’t be your last visit. 1620 N. Orange Ave.
For those in the know, this is the perfect date-night destination – cocktails in a space where just about everything is for sale. The Imperial Bar is located inside the Washburn store. Grab a cold drink and browse the furniture and knick-knacks. If you love something, grab it – nothing stays the same at Washburn Imports. (As of 4/9/2014, Washburn is being redesigned, check the website for the reopening. The Imperial remains open.) 1800 N. Orange Ave.
Rock & Roll Heaven
If there are music-lovers among you, don’t miss Orlando’s vinyl heaven. Records everywhere! You might find something to complete your collection or you might just enjoy reliving high school. 1814 N. Orange Ave
The White Wolf Cafe
Rachel Ray fans can walk in her footsteps by stopping here to recharge. (Early in her career, Ms. Ray filmed a show here.) An Orlando fixture since 1991, the newly redecorated cafe offers freshly-made, reasonably-priced fare to suit most tastes. If there is a line, and there often is, go next door to their new restaurant, Wolfies Pizzamia, equally delicious. 1829 N. Orange Ave
The Carousel Emporium
Refueled and ready to keep shopping? Walk round the corner (or have your “driver” pick you up and deliver you) to Alden Road. The Carousel Emporium is a collective of antique dealers under 6500 square feet. Whether you’re looking for an oriental rug, a vintage purse or a distinctive dining set, you’ll enjoy wandering through the vast offerings here. 2000 Alden Road
Once you’ve visited, you’ll return. (If you come back without your “driver” remember that Lynx and the new SunRail both service this area.) Be sure to pick up information about upcoming Ivanhoe Row events as you are visiting. Many of the stores have mailing lists and newsletters that will keep you informed. Sign up and stay in touch.