The handy employees at Gavin's Ace Hardware help customers to navigate shelves stocked with home-improvement implements, household appliances, and domestic essentials. The shop’s technicians are certified to perform warrantee repair tasks for more than 100 manufacturers, including Echo, Snapper, and Toro, returning your snowblower or Statue of Liberty replica to working order. In addition to its wide selection of hardware, paint, plumbing, and electrical supplies, Ace Hardware dedicates ample space to gifts, home decor, marine supplies, and housewares.
Sunshine Ace Hardware stockpiles more than 40,000 tools, fishing gear, housewares, and other handy items across six local storefronts. Three-piece stainless steel barbecue sets ($24.99) brave scorching flames as chefs spear, flip, and sear entrees over backyard grills. Fasten loose screws or ease bolts from lab experiments’ necks with a 21-piece drill bit set from Craftsman ($24.99), or beckon fish from the waves with a deluxe Shimano Zircos 4000 rod and reel fishing combo ($79.99). In downtown Naples, whimsical hardware-themed fixtures illuminate Sunshine Ace Hardware’s recently remodeled flagship store, whose walls are dappled with photos of the store’s 60-year history and prehistoric man’s discovery of circular saws.
Oasis Yacht Club and Boat Rentals employs friendly staffers who contribute to their community by getting friends, neighbors, and tourists to explore the local waterways via pontoons, kayaks, and fishing charters. The staff can accommodate almost any request, such as customizing cruises to stop along the beach for some shelling. All their charter vessels boast stereos with CD players, and upon request, the crew can load up the boat with refreshments, sunblock, and whale repellent. Oasis Yacht Club also replaces their boats once every year and a half to ensure their equipment is in top shape. On fishing trips, they rent out rods and reels and teach guests basic fishing and boating skills while dishing out information on secluded fishing spots. At the onsite ship store, boaters can stock up on hats, tackle, and gear to prepare for any tours or voyages.
Elements Yoga Experience fosters mental repose and flexibility in aspiring yogis with all-encompassing introductory courses. The classes offer the uninitiated a great way to stretch their toes into the inviting yogic waters without the pressure of diving into advanced and difficult poses. Throughout each one-hour session, seasoned yoga instructors guide students through a series of postures and peaceful meditations while soothing music and incense scents drift relaxingly across the studio like parade balloons filled with chamomile. Classes are held on Thursday evenings and Tuesday and Friday mornings at the Hot Springs School of Classical Dance.
Inside the 8,000-square-foot location, the staff of Twinkle Twinkle Little Store organizes a collection of gently used, clean children’s gear, from clothing and strollers to books and bassinets. As a consignment shop, they only sell and purchase items that have not been recalled, stained, ripped, or damaged in any way. Though brimming with toys and accessories, the shop is meticulously organized. A fleet of strollers, car seats, and cribs stands in neat rows, and a book nook displays their library beside comfortable reading chairs. As parents browse, kids can play on trampolines, slides, and other equipment in age-specific play zones.
The shop’s values encourage this parent- and kid-friendly style. Before opening the shop, owner Cheryl Courson had struggled to balance her corporate career with motherhood. Frustrated, she decided to create a store that makes life easier for moms. She staffs parents, who may bring their children to work, as well as pregnant moms, joking “their nesting organizational skills are excellent!” She also offers an hourly store-credit wage in return for simple volunteer tasks such as hanging clothing and teaching children about the themes of fatherhood in Ulysses. Regular donations to kid- and mom-centric local charities further root the store in the community.
Boca Bargoons invites shoppers into an expertly curated showroom of textiles from a number of designers. Bargain bolts and one-of-a-kind imported fabrics satisfy projects of every scale and budget. The current stock ranges from $6.99 per yard to $89 per yard for fabrics. Find a swatch of velvet to upholster an armchair or red cupcake (about $24.99/yard), or pick up embroidered silk to use for a luxurious throw ($32.99/yard). Boca Bargoons's crafters also fashion custom draperies, upholstery, and furniture, allowing homeowners to clothe their rooms in fashionable styles even if they don't own their own sewing machine. Learn about different fabrics here, or swing by to consult with a knowledgeable staffer before laying the first stitches for a leather slipcover for the shed.