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Places to Shop for Unique Gifts:
You can find an array of merchandise from local Sanford merchants, from art to instruments, furniture to home-brew supplies. On your next trip to town, check out these top shopping spots and get just the right thing for everyone on your list.
Shop at these local stores for Unique Gifts, Stocking stuffers and be sure to ask about Gift Baskets & Gift Cards!
278 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-323-6060
Mon.-Sat. 10am-5pm|Sun. 11am-4pm
For a truly sophisticated shopping experience, you can’t top Boxelder. Slightly off the traditional Sanford beaten track, this refined gift shop is worth exploring for its selection of American made cards, jewelry, glasses, candles, soaps, and spa items. And with complimentary gift wrapping for every purchase, you can cross one more thing off your list!
215 E. 1st Street, Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 495-8549
Tues.-Thurs. 10am-6pm|Fri.-Sat. 10am-8pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm
A modern twist on the community based general stores of old, carrying both small batch and handmade goods. Gourmet treats for the entire family including hand-crafted popcorn, caramels and artisanal ice pops.
111 E 1st Street Sanford, Florida 32771 – (321) 315-1370
Tues.-Thurs. 11am-6pm|Fri.-Sat. 11am-7pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm
Purveyors Of Fine Teas, Soaps, Antiquities & Oddments
Rosie Lee: n. Cockney rhyming slang. Tea.
The Rosie Lee Co. is a storehouse of curiosities and treasures located in historic downtown Sanford, Florida. From our diverse selection of international teas and soaps to popular English Provisions & assortments of strange and unique oddments, The Rosie Lee Co. has you covered. Stop in today and see what all the buzz is about!
211 East First Street, Sanford, FL – 407-323-2774
Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm|Sunday 12pm-5pm
Calling Sanford home for over ten years, the Jeanine Taylor Folk Art Gallery celebrates the work of contemporary folk artists who all bring a unique flair to the eclectic space. Their fun, off beat holiday window displays and interior décor will draw your eye and raise your spirits as you shop for the perfect pieces for the art enthusiasts in your life. The gallery sells everything from felted scarves and ornaments to jewelry and jarred jellies.
201 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-321-6504
Mon.-Wed. 10am-5pm|Thurs.-Sat. 10am-7pm|Sun. 12pm-5pm
A trip through Maya Books is a treat for any literature lover. Shop the towering stacks of gently used books, vinyl records, and eclectic clothing with a friend before you grab lunch in Downtown Sanford or take a secret trip and buy a bevy of her favorite author’s books! Maya is also a great (and sometimes the only) place to buy certain books by Sanford authors, such as Bill Belleville.
116 E 1st St, Sanford, FL – 407-322-1449
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am-6pm|Sun. 11am-5pm
John Washburn chose Sanford for his second exotic imports store location almost ten years ago– and it’s been a staple ever since! From beautiful glass front cabinets from India to Thai Buddha statuettes, the store overflows with colors, textures, and shapes of Asia. A Washburn piece is the best gift for those with the travel bug, whether it’s a small decorative vase or a showpiece opium bed. The best part is that you can really get to know the furniture as you sip cocktails at the Imperial; consolidation at its finest!
230 E. 1st Street, Sanford – 407-302-2586
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 10am – 5pm|Sun. Noon – 5pm
Shop local this holiday season at the Historic Sanford Welcome Center Gift Shop. With a variety of items, many locally made or hand-crafted, and others that celebrate the Florida lifestyle, 100% of the profits stay right here in Sanford and benefit the non-profit that makes Alive After 5 possible. They also offer convenient gift wrapping of your purchase.
209 E Commercial St, Sanford, FL 32771 – 407-322-1822
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8am-5pm|Sat. 8am-12pm
Not only offering their expertise in flowers, the Sanford Flower shop also has a small gift shop offering ornaments, candles and other fun gifts for this holiday season. They carry gorgeous holiday blooms, which can be made into a gift basket or used as décor. Ask for their advice in making an eye-catching centerpiece or wreath for your guests to admire. Just take a look at their gorgeous front window display for proof of their expertise!
Hours: Tues. 11am-7pm|Wed. 10am-8pm|Thurs. 11am-7pm| Fri.&Sat. 11am-10pm|Sun. 12pm-6pm
For all your comic loving friends and family members this is the perfect spot to find all of your nerd needs from comics, games, toys, statues, Pokèmon, D&D, MTG and more!
Every Saturday from 10am-3pm on Magnolia Square
Right in the heart of Historic Downtown, this collection of local vendors will help make your holiday entertaining extra special! Pick up fresh produce from State of Harmony Farm and handmade bread from Chad to fill your table with a local cornucopia. For a hostess gift, local honey and handmade soap are great choices, and any Sanfordite would be happy to receive a bat house made from upcycled materials to keep the mosquitos away. Shopping around in beautiful Magnolia Square with Sanford’s giant Christmas tree will also help get you in the holiday spirit.
Gifts for those who can’t get enough of Office Supplies:
102 E 1st St. Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 322-5842
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8:30am-5pm|Sat. 10am-2pm
Gifts for Antique Lovers
102 E 1st St. Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 322-5842
Hours: Mon.10am-4pm| Tues.-Sat. 10am-6pm
At Park and 2nd Antiques we have a very eclectic collection of antiques, curiosities, and vintage. We are always adding and changing our store inventory. Park and 2nd is filled with quality and curious items from many different eras. If you’re looking to add to your collection, create a new look, refinish or re-purpose, we have a variety of different items just for you! We are conveniently locatedin historic-downtown Sanford, at the corner of Park and 2nd.
Gifts for all of us, because we all love to Relax:
Gifts for the Health Nuts:
For those who enjoy getting up at the crack of dawn to hit the gym and take pride in their health, these places are a must for their gifts!
Gifts for Bike Lovers:
Gifts for those who love something to do:
The winter season always takes a lot of all of us, so it’s important to reconnect with family and the community. Here are some local activities to enjoy this season!
Hours: Tues-Sat. 10am-2pm
Sanford’s personal little theater that we all know and love!
303 W 3rd St, Sanford, FL – 855-756-9386
Hours: Tues-Sat. 10am-10pm|Sun.10am-5pm
Pedaling around town on the Limocycle is a great way to keep warm, spend time with friends, and work off some of those Thanksgiving calories! Pick fourteen of your favorite drinking buddies and your favorite libations and tour Sanford from this unique perspective.
Through Saturday November 28, 2015, Limocycle is offering an amazing BOGO deal. Don’t miss out!
Read here about Sanford365’s adventures on the Limocycle…
Hours: Thurs.-Sat. 11am
The Sanford Food and History Tour is a three-hour walking food tour through the heart of Downtown Sanford. We’ll “walk” you through the timeline of events from the Seminole Indian wars, the arrival of Henry Sanford, the haunting tales of the I-4 dead zone and the evolution of this quaint town.
You’ll enjoy large, sample-sized portions of food with roots in the Deep South and Europe. You’ll also see live demonstrations and taste the finished product. You’ll learn the stories behind the venues, hear from the folks that created the concepts and understand why they all chose Sanford.
At Board & Brush Creative Studio, our goal is to turn you into a ‘woodworking master’ by encouraging you to understand and appreciate the beauty of raw materials……the wood, the knots, the color variations and the simple imperfections that will make your sign unique. Distressing, sanding with the grain and staining are a few of the important steps we will guide you through to make your décor piece one that will look as though it has been with you for years….like a vintage heirloom.
In addition, our custom stencil process allows you to personalize your piece with your surname, monogram, the year of your special event or the names of your beloved children….the possibilities are endless and our design choices are expansive.
Gifts for those with a Sweet Tooth:
Well, who wouldn’t want to find some of the most uniquely flavored marshmallows under their Christmas tree. How about a Boozy Set for Dad? That’s Bourbon, Beer, Fireball and Gin. You could also keep it more Christmas like with Peppermint, Sugar Cookie and Eggnog. Stop by today and pick up some boxes…
Gifts for those who love all things German:
117 S Magnolia Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-878-4942
Hours: Mon.-Thurs.10am-7pm|Fri.&Sat. 10am-8pm|Sun. 10am-7pm
So many of our holiday traditions come from Germany, so don’t forget to stop by Magnolia Square Market! Get a loaf of stollen to share with friends, and pick up advent calendars filled with German chocolate for the little ones. The Market’s house-roasted meats and imported cheeses make an enviable appetizer platter, especially served with their fresh baked pretzels and some pickles. Pair it with some wine or beer for your celebration, whether at home or abroad. (And don’t forget that the Market carries gluten-free bread, muffins, cookies, flour, and cake mixes!)
They pride themselves in providing you with an authentic German Food Experience based on recipes from the 80’s and Gemütlichkeit (that feeling you have when enjoying great food and drink amongst friends and family). Looking for an authentic German meal and atmosphere, this is the place!
“Christina and Linda Hollerbach originally founded the Art Haus as a gallery and creative studio, where guests could create and collect original art. Due to increasing enthusiasm for German culture and a desire to provide additional Gemütlichkeit to the wonderful guests of our other family businesses in Downtown Sanford (Hollerbach’s Willow Tree Cafe and the Magnolia Square Market), we will now be offering imported and custom German clothing and accessories as Hollerbach’s Outfitters.
Enjoy the rare experience (at least in the US) of trying on a traditional German dirndl or set of lederhosen in person and having it personally sized to your figure. Perfect for Oktoberfest, Fasching, Christmas, and (of course) any night you have dinner at Hollerbach’s!”
Gifts for Coffee Lovers:
CURRENTLY UNDER CONSTRUCTION (Gift Cards may still be an option, contact them through their Facebook page)
What better way to warm up and wind down during the holiday rush than with a yummy hot beverage at Rabbitfoot Records? Pick a record, sip a latte, and enjoy the conversation at Downtown Sanford’s favorite place to run into friends. Who knows, with their huge selection of vinyl records, you may walk out with a few gifts for loved ones (or yourself)!
Enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with your breakfast or lunch with the serene view of Lake Monroe on Caffe Di Riverwalks patio seating and relax!
Open Tuesday through Saturday, we are a locally, owned and operated cafe located in the heart of historic, downtown Sanford. We use fresh ingredients and serve a variety of gourmet cafe food including breakfast and deli sandwiches, paninis, salads, ice cream and specialty coffee drinks. Take some time and taste for yourself!
Gifts for Beer Lovers:
419 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford,FL 32771 – (407) 878-7819
Hours: Wed. 4pm-10pm| Thurs. 4pm-11PM|Fri. 4pm-12am|Sat. 1pm-2am|Sun. 11:30am-9pm
Take a visit to Sanford’s very first microbrewery this holiday season! Sample handcrafted beer in the beer garden and enjoy Florida’s mild winter weather. Try the vanilla cream ale or the scottish ale, both made right here in Sanford!
114 S Palmetto Ave, Sanford, FL – 407-915-5541
Mon.-Wed. 11am-12am|Thurs.-Sat. 11am-2am|Sun. 11am-12am
Want to kick your holiday party beer selection up a notch? Try picking up a few growlers and bottles of Florida craft beer from Celery City Craft. With a few stouts and ales from different breweries around the state, you’ll keep your guests tipsy and impressed through the whole night! If you want to get fancy, pick up a few snifters for your guests to sip from and take home. And let’s face it, no one has ever complained about receiving Celery Bucks or one of Celery City’s all cotton V-neck shirts as a present! Go #sanfording 😉
115 Magnolia Ave – Sanford FL – 407-732-6931
Hours: Mon.&Tues. 11am-7pm|Thurs.&Fri. 11am-7pm|Sat.10am-7pm|Sun.10am-2pm
With the explosion of craft beer and microbreweries across the country, you probably know one or two beer lovers who want to learn to brew! Fortunately, the Sanford Homebrew Shop has everything a brewing neophyte could need, including classes and starter kits. You can even purchase classes with open dates as gifts. For a seasoned brewer, try a gift certificate so they can pick up their own hops and malt. You might just receive the fruits of their labor as a thank you!
Enjoy a 100+ seat taproom with a 15bbl brewhouse and a 3bbl pilot system. Part eatery, part pub, part brewery – Sanford Brewing Company is your community brewhouse. Savor handcrafted beer, meads, ciders and specialty sodas. Taste the freshness of locally sourced ingredients. Relish the company of local musicians. Soak in quintessential southern hospitality.
Offering Gift Cards, perfect for this holiday season!
300 S. Sanford Ave. Sanford, FL 32771 – (407) 732-6880
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-10pm|Fri.& Sat. 11am-1am|Sun.11am-10pm
Belgium has more breweries per head than any country in the world, over two thousand to put a number on it. Of these many about seven-hundred sell beer outside Belgium’s border. Of these we have a vast selection of styles and history to choose from. Like kids in a candy store we here at Buster’s do our best to choose the best eighteen draught beers and fifty bottles to best represent the pride and heritage of the motherland of beer. We then do our part to ensure that each beer is served in it’s proper glass designed and provided by the brewery to ensure the flavor is perfect from the luscious head all the way down to the last drop. We top the experience off with traditional Belgian pub fare and an educated staff to compliment the variety of complex and artistically crafted beers we have to offer. We hope to see you soon. Cheers!
Gifts for Cocktail Lovers:
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Be sure to check with your favorite Sanford Restaurants as most of them offer Gift Cards!!
125 W. 1st St Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 942-3977
Hours: Wed.-Fri. 9am-2pm, 5:30pm-9:30pm|Sat. 9am-3pm, 5:30pm-10pm
Known for their biscuits and grits, but no matter what you order you’re sure to want more! Fresh and natural ingredients!
112 W. 2nd Street Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 330-2730
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-9pm| Fri. 11am-10pm| Sat. 5pm-10pm|Sun. 11am-3pm
“Our restaurant showcases local artisan décor throughout the rustic dining room and industrial bar highlighting the existing architecture of Sanford’s Historic District.The kitchen strives to combine America’s culinary history with contemporary, seasonal dishes. Made from scratch and inspired by locally sourced ingredients, our menu interprets classic American fare.Our food is complimented by a hand-selected wine list from America’s best regions, a rotating line-up of local craft beers and signature-artisanal cocktails made with seasonal ingredients.”
107 S Magnolia Ave Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 915-6086
Hours: Tues. 5pm-9:30pm|Wed.-Sat. 11am-2pm, 5pm-9:30pm
Our vision includes a primary focus on handcrafting creative, high quality, delicious tasting foods while utilizing the local food supply chain whenever possible. Additionally, within the restaurant, we take great pride in creating and sustaining an environment that completely compliments the food.
Our beverage menu contains a strong selection of craft beers coupled with an assortment of the best tasting wines available. Our décor is a collage of local artists and photographers, while our stage is a platform for some of the best local musical talent around. We have set the bar very high for service as well, and we are continually improving.
Our goal was to create a fun and comfortable dining place for anyone and everyone, where we serve up some of the highest quality, creative, and most importantly, tasty food in town. As for Late Night. we transform into a more lively social scene featuring some of the best musicians in town, and accompanying that with a late night food menu to compliment.”
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-9pm| Fri. 11:30am-2:30pm, 5pm-10pm| Sat. 5pm-9:30pm
105 E 1st St Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 323-2999
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 6:30am-2:30pm| Sun. 8am-2pm
114 S Sanford Ave Sanford, Florida 32771-(407) 878-2726
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 9am-9pm| Fri.-Sat. 9am-3pm| Sun. 12pm-9pm
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm| Sun. 11am-9pm
We offer Gluten Free Pastas and Pizza. We have many Vegetarian options
Hours: Mon. 11am-3pm| Tues.-Thurs. & Sun. 11am-10pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm| Sun. 8am-3pm
Hours: Wed.-Thurs. & Sun. 11am-8pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-9pm
craving for Greek food in the area and so he was inspired to open Zorba’s Restaurant & Pizzeria. While he cannot bring the majestic views of Mediterranean mountains covered in olive trees, he can satisfy your craving for Greek cuisine. So sit, relax and enjoy your meal! …and as the Greeks say,“Kali Orexi!” or “Good Appetite!”
Hours: Tues.-Thurs. 11am-9pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm| Sun. 11am-9pm
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm| Sun. 11am-8pm
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11am-9pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-11pm| Sun. 11am-8pm
“Great for lunch and dinner, The Breezeway Restaurant & Bar is a casual grill serving the freshest fish and juiciest steaks around. We prepare everything to order using high quality ingredients. We have everything from seafood to steak and have excellent lunch specials and weekly fish specials. Some of our customers’ favorites include our big fish sandwiches and our firecracker shrimp appetizer. Offering an extensive menu, you’re sure to find something that will suit your appetite.
The Breezeway has remained the locals’ destination for casual dining with friends or family. Our bar and grill has a great atmosphere offering both indoor and outdoor dining. We’re dedicated to providing you with high quality food, refreshing drinks, and a fun atmosphere, and we promise to provide you with complete customer satisfaction on every visit. We hope to see you soon!”
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 11am-4pm
Hours: Mon.- Thurs. 11am-9pm| Fri.-Sat. 11am-10pm| Sun. 12pm-9pm
“In addition to our wonderful cuisine we now offer a full bar. We make our own dough and sauces to ensure a quality product. Our menu is full of items made to your order, so it is fresh and served at its best.
Riverwalk Pizzeria won 3rd “Best Pizza Place” in Seminole County”