‘Tis the season to go shopping, and Downtown Lakeland is the place to go if you’re looking for items that show your Lakeland love.
Whether your kids are out of state at college, your best friend moved to North Carolina for a great job offer, your son is living the hipster lifestyle in Portland, or you just love sporting Lakeland gear, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite ways to represent your hometown.
Scout & Tag
Wear your Lakeland pride with ultra-soft jersey knit T-shirts and tank tops that list iconic places and events, including Mayfaire by-the-Lake, Sun n’ Fun, Munn Park and the Polk Museum of Art. The shop also carries posters and hand towels with these locations printed on them.
Lakeland artist Josh “Bump” Galletta partnered with Scout & Tag to create line drawings of well-known landmarks, including the Polk Theatre sign and the Southgate Publix arches.
Mitchells Coffee House
Lots of people love Downtown Lakeland’s oldest coffee shop, and judging by the brisk T-shirt sales, they like to wear the coffee as much as they like to drink it.
Mugs and ornaments. Artwork and cutting boards. You can find all of these things branded Lakeland-style. We particularly love the artwork of Alison LaMons, whose depictions of nostalgic neon signage includes real and fictitious signs and buildings. (Side note: Her artwork served as the poster art for the 2016 Mayfaire by-the-Lake, and an exhibition of her work is at the Polk Museum of Art through March 12, 2017)
Do you love vintage Florida postcards and other kitsch? You can get those reproduced images on tumblers and throw pillows. Traditions Unlimited also is known for its beautifully woven cotton Lakeland blankets. These are great gifts for kids away at college, as well as out-of-towners who graduate from Florida Southern College because Annie Pfeiffer Chapel is depicted on the blanket. Books about Lakeland are available here, including one of Lakeland’s history depicted in postcards.
Lakeland Downtown Farmers Curb Market
Do you have a girlfriend who needs convincing when it comes to Lakeland’s coolness? Swing by the Down2Earth booth at the market (Saturday mornings, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.) and pick up a Lakeland “It’s swan cool place” T-shirt made from recycled soda bottles. It’s also designed and printed locally.
Two Hens & A Hound
Take a bit of Lakeland history wherever you go with mugs that have historic Lakeland images printed on them. Lakeland-themed T-shirts, tote bags and wine bottle gift bags are available, too. Although this shop is big on gifts and gab, don’t forget they offer framing, too. And if you’re going to buy a frame, why not put something Lakeland-oriented inside it? Two Hens has you covered. They sell the original watercolor artwork of Mike Yoder, whose Downtown series includes 50 scenes painted plein air throughout Downtown Lakeland.
Bear Cat & Big 6 at 801 E. Main
This is your go-to place for those hip, soft, three-quarter sleeve Lakeland jerseys. We’ve seen them in red/white and blue/gray. Either way, you can’t go wrong.
We hope this gives you some great ideas this holiday season. Happy shopping!