Beachside Cycles, Inc. is family owned and operated. It was established in 2011 for the purpose of providing the visitors and residents of the Cities of Cape Canaveral and Cocoa Beach with a source for bike and moped rentals, sales and service.
Originally founded in 2005 with help from a sister shop in South Africa, Bilt now employs its own team of surfboard-smiths—including a craftsman named Bagel—who lovingly shape its signature paddleboards, longboards, and surfboards. Managing Member Craig Hiller says one of his favorite parts of the job is watching people succeed at surfing who never dreamed they could do it, like the 67-year-old grandmother who amazed everyone when she soundly trounced her grandchildren in a surfing challenge around Thanksgiving of 2010.
James Stadler grew up in Maryland, going to school during the week and working in local seafood eateries on evenings and weekends. One summer, more than 40 years ago, he took a spring break vacation with school mates to Cocoa Beach, and immediately decided it was the place for him to be. It took him a few decades to make his way down, mostly because of traffic in Atlanta. But when he arrived, James set about opening his very own restaurant by the sea. He called his diner Paradise Cove, and in it he combined the Northeastern seafood he so loved with steaks, sandwiches, and a bit of Floridian flavor.
James curates an extensive menu, from which he particularly recommends the Maryland-style crab cakes, a specialty of his that he learned to make in his youth. Of course, he makes many dishes that incorporate more local, tropical flavors, such as the jumbo shrimp grilled on sugar cane skewers. Whatever his guests have a hankering for, he ensures that their appetite for live entertainment is satisfied with nightly events, including karaoke and performances by local musician Brian Blatz with the nearby ocean on percussion.
Beach breezes ruffle explorers’ hair as they wend their way through Cocoa Beach, Cape Canaveral, and Port Canaveral atop two-wheeled steeds from Beach Classic Scooter. Patrons can rent from the center and choose their own route or follow veteran guides to hidden local gems, such as the mayor’s underground office. Each tour comes with a free pickup service from local hotels, which ferries clients to the scooter center.
While some people scream for ice cream, the staffers at I Dream of Yogurt scream for the live cultures of soft-serve fro-yo. They carry 18 different flavors, including pistachio, strawberry banana, peanut butter, and cake batter. Once fro-yo swirls into cups, waffle bowls, or waffle cones, more than 70 tasty toppings, such as fresh fruit, candy, and hot fudge, make for custom treats.
The Quilt Place's 8,000-square-foot quilting emporium lures stitchers of all skill levels with more than 10,000 bolts of fabric and a wide variety of patterns, books, and kits. Pick up quilting accessories and fabrics from name-brand designers, including Robert Kaufman, Michael Miller, Benartex, and RJR. The 45 mm rotary cutter ($29.95) slices through fabrics like Edward Scissorhands during a vivid nightmare. To add a patch of decadence to cloth-bound projects, the Michael Miller brick print ($9.25/yd.) features classic red-brick patterns, and the Wilmington Delicate Romance ($10.50/yd.) boasts muted floral roses and butterflies, which can double as an invisibility cloak during spring camping trips.