Bella Garden carries designer footwear from $25 to $90, apparel from $25 to $75, handbags from $25 to $400, and jewelry from $10 to $120. Instead of wafting through a sea of grimy thrift-store blazers with rumpled tissues lodged in the pockets, you'll get a wardrobe that smells fresher than a 16-year-old's bow-adorned first car parked on a driveway made of air fresheners.
Running-gear emporium Hit the Trails stocks its shelves with top brands and its sales floor with dedicated runners, including owner Stephen Dunn, who has 18 marathons notched into the soles of his track shoes. For men, the Brooks Glycerin shoe ($129) cossets feet in enough stabilizing cushion to sprint comfortably down a path of giant Lego bricks, while the Brooks Ghost 4 ($99) offers Omega flex grooves for extra flexibility. Ladies can gain competitive edge in a pair of Asics Rocketgirl track shoes ($45) or take to the trails in the innovative Saucony Kinvara 2's ($90). To make sure you go home with the perfect kicks for your stride, a camera-equipped treadmill gives a tech-assisted test-drive to prospective new hoof holsters, analyzing details not visible to the naked eye, such as precise fit at crucial impact points and whether or not shoes are on the right foot. Hit the Trails frequently sponsors local races, ensuring that runners never have to run alongside Vespa rallies to find the competitive challenge they seek.
As their business name suggests, Family Firearms' team wants customers to feel comfortable and secure at home. To achieve this goal, they host social shooting leagues as well as group classes, including a first-time shooting clinic and a firearms-safety course for kids. The facility also encompasses a retail shop, where staffers can help people browse and select pistols and rifles to suit their needs.
The culmination of three generations of enthusiastic outdoorsmen, Flint Creek Outfitters prepares the everyday adventurer for encounters with natural glory with a quality selection of camping gear, hiking boots, fishing rods, and outdoor apparel. Whether planning a weekend hunt, an Appalachian jaunt, or humanity’s most extreme game of hide-and-seek, novice naturalists and intrepid explorers can swathe themselves in premium outdoor apparel such as Solarflex shirts ($49.95), Patagonia pique fleece ($56), and Nomad convertible pants ($65). Shelter a sleeping-bag collection in the MSR Gear Shed tent ($149.95) and stay fortified with water purifiers (starting at $89.95) and professional-grade s’mores sticks. Boasting one of the largest fly-fishing departments in central Florida, Flint Creek carries premium Orvis rods and reels as well as a selection of bone-dry boots and waders (starting at $69), and their experienced staff can teach even the most hydrophobic fisherperson to tie flies and cast their line with fish-charming pizzazz.
Seasonal fruits and veggies, fresh herbs, and whole grains play a big role in recipes from The Vegan Menu, a website that publishes weekly vegan meal plans. The plant- and whole foods-based meals, which don’t include unhealthy additives like oils, processed flours, sugars, or dirt, are inexpensive and easy to make. In fact, many are one-pot dinners, tested and approved by vegans.
Every Friday, subscribers get a new meal plan for five weeknight meals with a grocery list broken down by aisle. Each dinner feeds two with enough leftovers for lunch the next day. In addition, free recipes for snacks, desserts, and breakfasts are available on The Vegan Menu's website.
Tampa Urban Farming dispatches its garden gurus to local residences and businesses in an effort to help them grow their own food. When it arrives at work sites, the TUF team eagerly handles the challenges of planting a garden—the sweating, the digging, and the assembling of found dinosaur bones—leaving behind plots that are ready to harvest. Customers can choose to have their new gardens packed with different types of seeds, or upgrade to plants to get a head start on growing. They can also have the TUF team install other important garden accessories, such as drip irrigation and compost systems.