Orlando Sentinel Readers Name Favorite Mall and More

The Orlando Sentinel Best Bets 2014 winners were released Thursday, Oct. 2 and several categories related to area malls.

According to the publication, Orlando Sentinel readers annually choose their favorites among local dining, shopping entertainment and more.

The distinction of “Best Mall” was given to The Mall at Millenia with The Florida Mall and Altamonte Mall rounding out the top three. Other businesses recognized included Dick’s Sporting Goods — which can be found near Waterford Lakes Town Center and will soon open near Orlando Fashion Square — for “Best Sporting Goods Store.” IKEA, located outside The Mall of Millenia, won for “Best Home Furnishing Store.” Joseph A. Bank was a finalist for “Best Men’s Clothing Store” which includes locations at Oviedo Mall and Waterford Lakes Town Center. For the “Best Women’s Clothing Store,” Chico’s and Macy’s topped the list. Tiffany & Co. and Jared The Galleria of Jewelry fared in the “Best Jewelry Store” category. “Best Department Store” was awarded to Macy’s with Dillard’s as a runner-up in the category as well as a finalist for “Best Shoe Store.”

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Mark Schaub

My name is Mark and I’m a mall-aholic. As a native Orlandoan, I’ve been visiting them since I can remember. I’ve also worked in a couple and consider myself a self-appointed expert. There’s been a lot of change when it comes metro Orlando’s mall landscape, and I’ve taken it upon myself to chronicle it. Each mall has a story to tell, and having graduated from the University of Central Florida and double majored in journalism and radio/television, I feel I’m best equipped to make those stories come alive here at Orlando Mall Guide. So whether you’re a local or a tourist needing a shopping break from the attractions, I’m your hookup.