Make Dad Glad With A Local Gift On Father’s Day!

So, we’re a few days off and you STILL haven’t gotten your Dad anything for Father’s Day?

Good thing we’re here to help! We’re spotlighting a few local options which can help you put a smile on Dad’s face this Sunday. What’s nice, too, is that they are NEARBY! So you can pick these up while out on an errand or dinner, or enjoy them on Sunday without a long drive. Father’s Day is too special to spend much of it in your car. Local options an easy walk or a short drive away. The way life should be.

Give Dad a treat and tell ‘em you read about it on the I LUV Winter Park blog and got him a gift from a local Parkpreneur . . . those people who help make our community a more unique and interesting place to call home! Now . . . for some great suggestions . . . .

Business : Peterbrooke Chocolatier of Winter Park
Located : 300 S. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone number : 407-644-3200
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What they offer . . . . Peterbrooke Chocolatier offers an amazing array of chocolate produces produced with an American twist on a special Swiss chocolate recipe unique to them! It’s stunning what you can do with chocolate these days. Name an interest or hobby and watch them find a solution to make it a vision in chocolate! They also have lots of salty treats, fudge and gelati!

For Father’s Day this year . . . . You can capture Dad’s love of sports AND his sweet tooth with gifts from Peterbrooke Chocolatier. Choose from full, life-size chocolate basketballs or footballs (3 inches thick!) and add his favorite team’s logo. (One day turnaround!) Or, if Dad is the handy guy who keeps things working well around the house and yard, reward him with a chocolate tool box, complete with chocolate screwdrivers, wrenches, hammers and more. They have chocolate ties, golf balls in a 3-box set, poker sets, 18 wheeler trucks, chocolate bass (as in fishing!) or, just go simple and straight to the point: DAD in chocolate letters! You can even give Dad a photo of you or the whole family in a chocolate picture frame! Personality and favorite pastimes in chocolate! Dad’s gonna LUV that!

Business : Earth Inspired Living
Located : 300 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone number : 407-644-2344
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What they offer . . . . Earth Inspired Living has an amazing range of art and everyday functional items which have been recycled, reclaimed and remade, given new life via the eyes and ingenuity of artists and environmentally conscious-entrepreneurs from around the world.

For Father’s Day this year . . . .Your Dad is definitely one-of-a-kind. Well, so are the gifts you can pick up at Earth Inspired Living! You can choose between hats and messenger bags by The Real Deal made from recycled Brazilian tarps which once covered the backs of trucks which carted things across the countryside. (Some with remnants of Portuguese words on them.) The story of the tarps is both inside the hats (in words) and in the most wonderful aging, weathering on the outside. . . . every piece different, molded by its own experiences! They also have gorgeous wooden bowls originally made by nature and then carved by a local artist, amazing reclaimed teak cutting boards, special soapstone rocks to keep his scotch or other favorite adult libation cold, barbeque chips from old wine barrels, the coolest portable iPod / iPad speakers and picture frames and clocks made from recycled motherboards and bicycle parts! Repurposing is COOL and the creations nearly as unique as your Dad!

Business : Spice & Tea Exchange
Located : 309 N. Park Avenue, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone number : 407-64-SPICE
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What they offer . . . . Spice & Tea Exchange has got you covered in the kitchen and out by the grill! A terrific array of teas you know and LUV and surely a few you haven’t, along with the all the spices a serious cook will need to create his next culinary masterpiece! These guys hand blend over 75 different spices right there in the store. They’re knowledgeable about them, ready to share their insights and ideas.

For Father’s Day this year . . . .If Dad is a serious cook, or just an inspired Top Chef fan, Spice & Tea Exchange can set you up with some of his favorite ingredients or even inspire with a surprise of two or three or more! If he’s found the health benefits of a new tea, they can set you up. If grilling is his thing, there’s a huge range of possibilities as they’ve got beef rubs, curry rubs, seafood rubs and a ‘butcher’s rub’ which is one of the most popular for steaks. They’ve got a few, such as the Cinnabar Smoke rub, which is unique to them, an in-house creation. Whether Dad’s partial to beef, chicken, pork or burgers, pastas or even salads, is looking for a line of spices free of salt, the guys at the Spice & Tea Exchange can set you up! And if SPICE — as in a little heat — is what Dad LUVs, prone to the HOT challenges on Man vs. Food’, they’ve even got ghost chili salt!

Business : CaddyShanks
Located : 4882 New Broad Street, Baldwin Park, FL 32814
Phone number : 407-574-6570
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What they offer . . . . A completely unique indoor entertainment experience with virtual golf, racing simulators, Tuesday trivia nights, free Wii stations, pool, ping pong, meeting space and more! Oh, and a great assortment of beer & wine to enjoy while . . . enjoying yourself!

For Father’s Day this year . . . .So, Dad is a big golfer but he’s never been a fan of a central Florida summer. Well, he can now enjoy golf in air conditioning! CaddyShanks in Baldwin Park just may be the big kid entertainment destination of his dreams. Virtual golf here involves hitting an actual golf ball. The ball is hit into a screen in front of you and the angle and velocity determine how it continues down the virtual fairway. And it gets cooler. . . one “hole” has a bar just behind it! There are two separate virtual golf areas, a room with simulated racecar driving, TV screens all around, pool and ping pong, free Wii stations towards the back. Happy Hour is all day long this Father’s Day, so if Dad is due some down time, this may be just the spot! Or, pick up a gift card for that future “me” time he’s well deserved.

Business : Sassafras Sweet Shoppe
Located : 115 East Morse Boulevard, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone number : 407-388-0101
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What they offer . . . . Candy and lots more! Sassafras has the largest selection of vintage candy anywhere in the area and quite possibly the entire country . . . and the world! Lots of wonderful gift possibilities also, along with vintage sodas, ice cream and an environment certain to unleash everyone’s inner child!

For Father’s Day this year . . . .The rewards of being a Dad can also lead to déjà vu of their own childhoods. This Father’s Day, you can remind Dad of those simpler days with the treat of his favorite childhood candy bar or treat. Or, if Dad going through an adventurous stage, try some crickets or worms! A “Sugar Daddy” on his pillow Sunday morning could be just the trick for starting off his day with a sweet ‘thank you’ from the kids. The great things about Sassafras is that kids can find anything at a kid-friendly price! Something for all sorts of Dads to LUV here!

Business : Mi Tomatina Paella Bar
Located : 433 W. New England Ave Suite A, Winter Park, FL 32789
Phone number : 321-972-4881321) 972-4881
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What they offer . . . . Mi Tomatina Paella Bar offers a terrific upscale take on delicious traditional and classic Spanish cuisine along with a great wine selection, or a classic Sangria. iBuen apetito!

For Father’s Day this year . . . .If Dad likes something with an international flavor, consider Mi Tomatina Paella Bar for brunch, lunch or dinner! Father’s with their kids get a free glass of whatever they want to drink, along with three specials: zarzuela de mariscos, dorada and chorizo infierno. For brunch mimosas are 1 dollar. If Dad is a fan of a great Spanish paella, he can have it tailored to his specific tastes with the addition of lobster tail, whole lobster, calamari, chorizo, caracoles (snails), shrimp, octopus, chicken or black angus beef filet. Just tell Dad that for dinner on Sunday you’re whisking him away to the Ramblas in Bacelona . . . he’ll LUV it!

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