With more than 30 sweet and savory olive oils and vinegars to choose from, Kalamazoo Olive Company may overwhelm the shrewdest gourmand. That?s why the shop?s expert staff members happily lead customers on tasting tours, pouring small samples from the gleaming fustis that line wooden shelves. Customers can taste oils infused with exotic ingredients such as chipotle peppers or persian limes and lap up sweet, syrupy dessert vinegars. Oil experts are also happy to recommend complementary food pairings from their shop?s selection of Italian pastas, antipasti, and stuffed olives. Once customers have honed in on their ideal oil or vinegar, staff will bottle and seal them onsite to ensure they stay fresh and free of genies.
The crew at Kayak Valet has one mission: to get more people out and enjoying the local waterways and scenery via kayaks or paddleboards. Since storing, hauling, unloading, reloading, and potty training their own kayaks can deter people from boating, the team sets up shop to cancel out such deterrents. They take care of nearly every task, bringing all equipment necessary for a leisurely paddle on puddles of all sizes right to the launch site. The crew will pick up and deliver equipment to popular launch sites within Hillsborough, Pinellas, and Manatee Counties. To keep the aquatic adventure accessible, the shop rents only kayaks and standup paddleboards that can be piloted by anyone, experienced or not. Additionally, they give visitors tips on paddling and safety techniques and sell new kayaks, paddleboards, and accessories.
Once functioning as a mere storage room off the beloved Dunedin House of Beer, Wine and Brew is a "wine-drinker's sanctuary," as described by the Dunedin Patch. Expanding into that room, owners Rick Clemo and Andy Polce transformed the space into a loungey destination for sipping glasses or sharing a bottle, or even taking a couple bottles home to enjoy later. The bar also boasts wine on tap, a rare feature, and of course pours a selection of craft brews, which rotate frequently.
Owned and helmed by passionate runners, American Running Company sheaths joggers with the latest products designed by some of the industry’s most recognizable brands. The shop’s shelves are filled with shoes and clothes for men, women, and children, straight from the gear kitchens of Nike, Asics, Mizuno, and Saucony, among others. The store’s well-trained staff can analyze your gait and fit you with the perfect pair of boots, such as the Brooks F3 Sprint, a 7.3 oz. spike-studded foot glove that tears up the track like a rogue railroader ($15). Stylize your workout by wearing a black Nike dri-fit shirt, whose sleek anti-sweat fabric doubles as a UV shield ($35), coupled with a pair of stretch-woven, hip-holstered Zoot shorts to make your thighs feel important ($24).
Though the colorfully packaged products at International Food Mart may seem like those of any neighborhood grocery, a simple perusal of their labels reveal a much wider world beyond its shelves. The store carries oils and coffees from Asia, Europe, and the Middle East, along with a selection of fresh produce, meats, and fish that've flown themselves across the ocean from far-away lands. Many ingredients find their way into the staff's Middle Eastern and Vietnamese carryout meals, such as falafel wraps, lo mein noodle dishes, and pork egg rolls.