The Winter Park History Museum’s exhibition, “Retailing Our Story: 100 Years of Winter Park's Bistros, Boutiques and Businesses”, dovetails with the Chamber of Commerce’s 100th-year anniversary and will open January 25, 2023.
The WPHM will take a lighter look at commerce by showcasing past stores, many which have become objects of nostalgia, if not iconic, for Winter Park residents and visitors.
The permanent businesses “anchoring” the exhibit will be the Colony Theater where old films of downtown Winter Park will be projected, the “Pioneer” Store, Winter Park’s first business that supplied all the necessities essential to living in the 1880s Florida frontier, and a” Children’s Emporium”, featuring popular games and toys of the past 100 years. A series of built-out stores will be created using awnings and store signage to create a Park Avenue street effect within the museum. New stores and merchandise will rotate into the spaces throughout the exhibition period. The first featured businesses are Proctor’s, Harper’s Tavern, and the Golden Cricket.