Known locally as MOCA, the Museum of Contemporary Art Jacksonville boasts a collection of almost 800 works of art in media ranging from paintings and prints to sculpture and photography, spanning the decades from 1960 to the present. Members of MOCA enjoy free admission to the museum as well as previews of temporary exhibitions and special promotions from interest groups, and more than 200 North American museums reciprocate benefits, offering members free admission and teaching them their unique secret handshakes. The curators of the museum harness their artistic expertise to help educate kids on the pros and cons of finger-painting on dogs, and infuse local classrooms with art-education programs with the help of a long list of volunteers and docents.
Combining the rough-and-tumble feeling of a traditional boxing gym with the amenities of a modern fitness center, Biscayne Boxing & Fitness Club helps exercisers access the gritty toughness hidden within them. Taught by dyed-in-the-wool boxers, group boxing classes impart the fundamentals of Lord Queensbury's sport while simultaneously burning calories, strengthening the body, and improving stamina. Those looking to step up their game can head to one-on-one training and supervised sparring, testing their mettle against their fellow students and really mean punching bags. Spinning classes round out the offerings, offering an aerobically intensive alternative to the ring.
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.
Greenpiece Collectables' owner, Tina McIntosh, goes to great lengths to forge friendships with members of the community visiting her sunny storefront by assembling a spread of fresh-baked bread, coffee, and tea every morning for passersby to take delight in. The shop's friendly staff members––many doubling as working artists––guide treasure hunters through an ever-changing trove of new and vintage wares and even accept requests to track down particular antique heirlooms or long-lost left socks. In the evenings, Tina transforms her shop into an event space for public soirees, including a weekly Girls Night Out.
Mattress1One's immense inventory brims with top-quality slumbering surfaces from renowned brands such as Tempur-Pedic, Serta, Sealy, and Stearns & Foster. At multiple locations throughout Florida, knowledgeable staff members roam showrooms that brim with an array of mattresses forged from such materials as memory foam, high-tech innersprings, silk, and cashmere. They also curate an online Mattress 101 guide, which includes handy tips on selecting the ideal mattress size, keeping the mattress in tiptop shape, and mounting a rock-solid legal defense in case you accidentally rip the tags off.
The chromatic champions at Color Wheel Paint dispense distinctive pigmentations in more than 1,600 colors, along with providing the necessary tools to complete any painting project. Coat abashedly naked walls with a gallon of flat Hi-Hide interior paint ($19.86/gallon) or Optima Satin Supreme ($31.73/gallon), which can colorize anything from bedroom walls to the picket fence marking the boundary of your office's cubicles. Drab exteriors receive a tinting treatment with a gallon of Tropicoat 100% Acrylic Latex Paint ($30.65/gallon), primed with a coating of Quick Cure Acrylic Conditioner ($25.16/gallon), ideal for previously painted surfaces. Home tidiers can also aid the spreading process with Master Choice tools, such as the Klondike 3-inch angle sash brush ($14.72), with a soft bristle for ticklish walls, and the 12'x15' canvas drop cloth ($20.43).