Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room plannerhelps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
Framed John Deere memorabilia covers the walls, and miniature tractors and cars fill a glass display case. A mural on the back wall depicts an iconic green tractor rolling through a pasture. But this isn't a John Deere museum; it's Tammy's Place, a Bradenton eatery that embraces its concept right down to the tractor-green vinyl of its booths and 50-acre cornfield in the main dining area.
The brother-and-sister team behind Tammy's Place has a few specialties they're known for in the area; among them, housemade sausage gravy and pancakes as large as the plates they're served on. Other favorites the duo designed include patty melts and sweet potato tots that have a high success rate when used in marriage proposals.
As an International Show Jumping Professional and a Grand Prix rider who holds National Equitation and Hunter titles, Brock Clermont and his staff run the show at Clermark Equestrian. He relies upon his winning ways as he marshals an equine operation that includes grass and sand rings, groomed trails, and the onsite Aguilar Riding Academy. Students of all ages and skill levels glean pointers as they learn to safely and effectively control their mounts, in the hopes of one day competing on the A-level circuit or earning an approving wink from the mayor.
The certified instructors at Scuba Bill's Aquatic Adventures guide students through a slew of advanced diving classes as well as specialty courses in spear fishing and rescue diving. They even organize trips to exotic locales, where students can put their skills to use while diving through some of the world's most beautiful underwater scenery.
DK Grooming cleanses dirty dogs of all sizes with thorough grooming services. Bring in your pup and a specialist can turn musty, tangled hair into a smooth, dapper fur coat with a bath and brushing. They can also clear up cruddy ears and gently snip down nails that have grown large enough to act as stilts.
Amid Missing Link Golf Academy's versatile practice facilities, PGA-certified instructor Ian Segneri rattles off nuggets of golf wisdom to pupils of all skill levels. A cofounder of Missing Link Junior Golf Academy, the passionate linksman imparts wisdom drawn from a career that includes working as a senior instructor at David Leadbetter Golf Academy, coaching four American Junior Golf Association All-Americans, and performing a bark-saving Heimlich maneuver on Jack Nicklaus's dog. With a spacious outdoor practice area that includes a driving range, practice green, and sand bunker, the academy eradicates pestilent mulligans from all areas of the golf game. During one-hour lessons, Ian expertly tinkers with the area each client most needs to improve, from adding distance to drives to whittling tree stumps into serviceable golf tees.