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The busiest station operated by SunRail, the region’s commuter-rail service, is in the heart of Winter Park. The charming Craftsman-style building, located near the intersection of Morse Boulevard and Park Avenue, is where thousands of visitors arrive from across Central Florida every year. Amtrak passengers also embark and disembark here. profession, adhered to the best practices of the time. He included curved streets that radiated out from a distinct town center, the same sort of common-sense plan you see in cities like Sarasota and Coral Gables. It explains why Winter Park works on a human scale — and it explains the strength and resiliency of Park Avenue. Newspaper and magazine stories about Winter Park often refer to “toney Park Avenue.” Which makes it sound much more highfalutin than it really is. Stretching nearly a mile — from the main entrance of Rollins to the cityowned Winter Park Country Club, with its nine-hole golf course that dates back more than a century — the commercial portion of the avenue runs through the heart of downtown Winter Park. 22 LIVING IN WINTER PARK While a select group of national retailers have a presence here — Eileen Fisher, Pottery Barn, Restoration Hardware, Williams-Sonoma — locally owned businesses are still a mainstay. Yes, there’s a Home Depot and Lowe’s just a short drive away, but why bother when there’s Miller’s Hardware? Founded in 1944, it’s Winter Park’s oldest continuous family-owned business. Miller’s sells everything from power tools and gas grills to cookware and garden supplies. There are always plenty of handy staff on hand who can explain to the unhandy, such as me, how stuff works. And forget all the pre-packaged goods. Miller’s is the kind of throwback place where, if you need one nut and one bolt, they’ll sell it to you. Plus, they’ll put it in a paper packet and


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