Midnight Sun Imports is a retail shop located in the Five Points section of Jacksonville, specializing in unique handmade gifts from around the world. The eclectic and colorful shop has a wide collection of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, as well as sarongs, yoga wear, wall art, floor coverings, statues and incense. Deity figures and jewelry from India, Thailand and Nepal and home furnishings from Bali and Indonesia make Midnight Sun Imports a unique spot to purchase a gift, or find the perfect piece to spruce up your home. Buddhas of every size and shape line the shelves as well as books, frames, art and clothing in this colorful Eastern importer, where a stroll up and down the aisles leaves much for the eyes to feast upon.
Though his family has been making jewelry since 1890, three generations back, Jimmy Quiroga truly fell in love with jewelry while marveling at art in museums across Europe. Now a jewelry designer while his wife runs the business side, Jimmy balances modern trends and Caribbean influences with the timeless beauty found in those museums. His necklaces, rings, and bracelets outfit sterling silver or 14-karat gold with pearls, diamonds, and brilliant gemstones such as turquoise, topaz, citrine, and sorcerer's stones. The vivid colors of his work mirror the tropical, festive atmosphere of Miami, which the Quiroga family has called home since the 1960s. Found on shelves in Macy's and Bloomingdale's, as well as in the couple's showroom, the statement pieces have found their way into the wardrobes of celebs such as Gloria Estefan, Shannen Doherty, and Flo Rida. In addition to decorating the community, the company is devoted to giving back. Its social calendar is booked with charity events that support causes such as Alonzo Mourning's Overtown Youth Center, the Miami Children's Hospital, and Jackson Memorial Hospital's Guardian Angels.
Since 1979, Shalimar Jewelers has preserved fine jewelry with meticulous repair services and crafted one-of-a-kind designs. At locations throughout Tampa Bay, shoppers can peruse jewelry for children, women, and men. Diamonds, emeralds, and rubies glimmer on engagement rings and wedding sets crafted from rose gold or platinum, and titanium bands offer a modern take on tradition.
Helmed by a mother-daughter team, The Classy Closet stocks new and gently used clothing and accessories from upscale designers. In the showroom, customers peruse purses, shoes, jeans, and dresses from high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, BCBGirls, Betsey Johnson, and Coach, each marked at a reasonable price. Sellers can stop in as well, and can trade their goods for store credit or consign them for 50% of the sell price.
The brand American Apparel, which recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary, conjures up images of stylish and well-fitting fashion basics. It also likely brings to mind sassy advertisements featuring long-haired beauties in natural makeup posing in skin-bearing bodysuits and loungewear.
But what many don't know about the brand?despite its name and the slice of apple pie that comes with every purchase?is that all of its clothes are made in America. Everything from sewing and cutting to accounting and marketing happens in one building in downtown Los Angeles, and the rest occurs within a 30-mile radius. Not only that, every slim-fitting pair of pants, spandex bodysuit, and v-neck T-shirt is made in a sweatshop-free environment.
Plus, keeping everything in house means the company eliminates unnecessary and wasteful factors, such as shipping fuel and packing materials, as well as provides jobs to Angelenos, instead of outsourcing them.
To make Glowing Gold Tanning Spa more than just a basic tanning salon, its team of therapists and aestheticians employs an extensive collection of high-powered tanning beds and specialized spa services. Housing three levels of tanning beds and a VersaSpa automated system, the spa offers clients a selection of standup beds, reclined beds, and UV-free spray-tan systems. While some people, such as beach-goers or those playing the pie crust in this year’s pageant, may be content with just a tan, others can enjoy Glowing Gold's other offerings, such as teeth whitening, massage, waxing, and facials.