Founded by Don and Cathy Statz in 1996, Victorian Village still employs many of its original staffers, who remain dedicated to helping guests find their ideal gift. Sips of gourmet coffee and nibbles of cookies provide much-needed sustenance as shoppers navigate the sprawling 15,999-square-foot store. Collectibles from Brighton, Lladro, and Swarovski beckon from their dedicated nooks, and patterned accessories by Vera Bradley encourage appropriate organization of toiletries, jewelry, and paisley swatch collections.
By amassing a collection of furniture pieces from manufacturing companies such as Whitewood Industries, Archbold Furniture, and Whittier Wood, Barewood Outlet helps its clients find long-lasting, all-wood furniture that will be a staple of their families' abodes for generations. Barewood splits its inventory between finished-wood pieces, which stand at the ready to brighten rooms, and unfinished pieces, which customers can then have hand-finished to their specifications or take home as a do-it-yourself project. The outlet stocks all the tools, stains, and instructions necessary for these projects in order to help clients feel the rush of creating something themselves without experiencing the same old hassle of housing and feeding a Frankenstein monster.
The all-female staff at Milagros, who proudly believe in “long, hot baths” and high-quality ingredients, routinely handcraft half-pound bars of Sister Agnes soap from glycerin, a natural humectant that deftly draws moisture and magnets to the skin. Their selection of soaps evokes innumerable essences, from the intoxicating musk of a wine cellar to the homespun nostalgia of the linen closet. The friendly instructors happily impart their squeaky-clean art to budding soapsmiths, teaching them to create with a variety of shapes, colors, and scents during 90-minute classes.
Vibrant swaths of fabric in nearly every hue of the spectrum line the walls at Keep Me In Stitches, where knowledgeable staffers dispense creative advice and design ideas as they roam the prismatic environs. They carefully curate a vast collection of textiles, which flaunts silks, novelty prints, and batiks from brands such as South Sea Imports, Benartex, and Michael Miller.
Aside from fabrics, the shop uses a fleet of sewing machines and digital design tools to facilitate embroidery endeavors. The staffers can also enlighten nascent seamsters during frequent classes and workshops, as well as repair sewing machines and bionic grandmothers of all makes and models.
From the moment you set foot inside the garage, it’s clear that the technicians at K.O.B. Kustoms know how to give a car personality, without having to make it sentient by reciting incantations when the moon is full. Cars here sport brightly colored interiors, burnished rims, and customized sound systems by Kenwood, Crossfire Car Audio, and XS Power, helping customers to achieve the regal status of the business’s namesake—the King of Bass. Its creations have earned it widespread recognition, with features in several publications, including car-audio-focused magazines as well as more mainstream periodicals such as Forbes.
Authentic Team Merchandise helps Tampa-area sports enthusiasts reach their full potential of fandom with an extensive selection of licensed Bucs, Bulls, Rays, and Lightning products. Inside a pair of apparel-packed stores, jerseys sway from racks, hats hang from hooks, and collectibles coax the praise of passersby. Pet accessories and home accents ensure that every nook of daily living is doused in the colors of hometown teams. As customers graze the all-star lineup of gear, friendly staff members are available to answer questions and help match possible purchases to the colors of the area’s newest expansion team, the Tampa Bay Tetris Turtles.