What to See and Do in Oakland Park

Oakland Park is in the middle of a development renaissance. Here’s a taste of what’s happening just a quick drive from downtown Laudy.

The Wander Shop in Oakland Park. Photo by Halle Alessia Photography
The Wander Shop in Oakland Park. Photo by Halle Alessia Photography

Look Your Best 

Marisa Folz’s The Wander Shop has become a favorite among Broward County fashionistas. Folz first opened the online/pop-up shop as a passion project in 2015, but it evolved into a full-fledged business. After operating out of a 1963 Airstream in Wilton Manor’s Eucalyptus Gardens, Folz moved into a brick-and-mortar location in Flagler Village. This summer, she relocated to Oakland Park. “I love the growth and community here,” she says. “It has that neighborhood, small-business feel. There are so many amazing new businesses opening up here, and I felt that my shop would be a perfect fit.” She describes the boutique’s style as “modern boho,” with a curated selection of women’s clothing, jewelry, hats, purses, home goods, dog accessories, and more.

Courtesy Rebel Wine Bar
Photo courtesy of Rebel Wine Bar

Happy Hour Hang 

A visit to Oakland Park isn’t complete without a stop at Rebel Wine Bar, which operates with the mission to make “wine more approachable and less stuffy,” says owner Larissa Castelluber. “That’s what makes us rebels. We want to be able to support local Florida culture and the arts community when possible.” Make the most of your experience with half-off glasses of wine during happy hour, offered nightly from 4-7 p.m. From chic decor to live music, Rebel makes it easy to enjoy a night sampling more than 200 boutique wines in addition to a tapas-forward menu.

Courtesy Butcher’s Barrel
Photo courtesy of Butcher’s Barrel

Quality Cuts  

Patrick Little opened The Butcher’s Barrel in 2020 with the goal of creating a local’s hangout centered around food. While not a chef by trade, Little spent 10 years offshore on oil rigs and was able to travel when not working. He’s visited 55 countries and counting, making food and culture a priority on his trips. Those experiences inspired him to open the butcher shop and restaurant, which boasts a monthly rotating menu. He can also grill up any item in the case on the spot. Pair your meal with a selection of wines and beers.

Courtesy of Mission Yoga
Photo courtesy of Mission Yoga

Get Your Yoga On 

While Shay Palmer has taught at many yoga studios over the past decade, she says she always envisioned a studio that put community, education, and service at the forefront. With that in mind, she opened Mission Yoga this past fall. “I chose Oakland Park because it is a city that’s on the rise,” says Palmer. “Don’t let its small size fool you; there’s so much happening here.” She offers five classes for all types of yogis including Mission Vinyasa, Slow Flow, Power Lunch, Restorative Yoga, and Mission Mobility. This month, she’ll host a Breathwork and Brunch event.

Facebook Comments