Britton's Archery Supplies & Range has armed apprentice arrow-launchers with gear, accessories, and instruction for three familial generations. Introductory lessons furnish beginner archers with rental equipment and dispense tips on proper shooting technique, archery-safety skills, and the perfect shade of nylon tights to impress Maid Marian. After firing at an assortment of circular targets and two- and three-dimensional animal models, pupils can replenish weary bodies with complimentary snacks and drinks. Customers should call ahead before visiting to confirm Britton's Archery Supplies & Range's hours, which alter depending on the gymnastics schedules of head-perching apples.
A-1 Best Service: MOBILE is a family owned and operated business that specializes in the maintenance and repair of lawn and farm equipment (i.e. riding lawn mowers, garden tractors, weed-eaters, edgers, virtually all lawn equipment) as well as small engines (generators, pressure washers, etc).
When Peter Santangelo became president and owner of his parents' nursery business at age 17, he carried on his parents' horticultural expertise and the Santangelo entrepreneurial spirit to make his business a success. He traveled all over Florida to cull his botanical inventory, and over the years he expanded the nursery and even started doing his own farming.
A winner of the 2011 and 2012 Best of Suncoast silver award, Canterbury Farms employs botany buffs who tend to 43 acres of Florida-friendly woodland plants that include palms, shrubs, and tropical herbage. The lush, green landscape is punctuated by colorful exotic plants as well as by Amigo, a cartoonish fiberglass statue that once perched on the roof of Peter’s parents' nursery decades ago. Pensive green thumbs may solicit shrub-related style from Canterbury Farms experts by bringing in photos of their outdoor or indoor spaces, and free estimates are also available for landscaping projects.
At The Plant Stop, rows of lush foliage and vibrant blooms flourish amid sunlight and open air, surrounding visitors in hundreds of draught-resistant shrubs, flowers, and trees. Pat, a plant expert with more than 25 years experience in the landscaping business, runs this horticultural haven. Along with a staff of expert nurserymen, Pat helps customers select exotic plant life and nurture classic foliage such as flowering trees. He works with growers across Florida to stock the store's lush pathways with more than 20 varieties of clay-ball-rooted palm trees, which can thrive for many years without being staked or finishing elementary school.
At The Plant Stop's design station, landscapers chat with patrons one-on-one to draw up complementary landscape designs that incorporate plants tolerant of Florida's climate. The customer-focused staff also delivers trees free of charge.
Eve's Garden Gifts houses a collection of bonsai trees and lucky bamboo alongside inventive feng shui finds. Green thumbs can take up the balancing art of bonsai with a starter kit ($14.95) complete with a 2-year-old Japanese juniper bonsai tree, handmade ceramic pot, decorative moss, and pebbles. Five stalks of green lucky bamboo ($11.95) stand erect in a woodgrain ceramic vase oozing good fortune. Customers can quash stress with a dip into the ancient art of rock gardening with a mini zen kit ($12.95) equipped with fine sand, polished stones, and a bamboo rake to transform any space, from a cubicle to the roof of a speeding train, into a place of meditation.