The Christmas Palace first opened as a seasonal business idea 20 years ago. Today, the expansive holiday department store receives waves of visitors year round who stroll amid more than 30 styles of faux Christmas trees, shelves full of elegant ornaments, and novelty items such as a 38-inch Santa swinging on a hammock. Collectors stock up on train sets and Department 56 village-collection pieces, and gift givers load their sleighs with goods from Fontanini, a business that began sculpting nativity scenes more than 100 years ago in Italy.
Duffy Electric Boat rents 10-person, battery-powered vessels for excursions on the St. Lucie River. Guests can relax in comfort, lounging on wrap-around seating beneath a canopy tarp that shields heads from the sun. The boat is as easy to steer as a golf cart and amateur captains can navigate to a variety of nearby attractions.
The flower whisperers at Tulips a Florist coax dewy blossoms and sprigs of greenery into sensuous bouquets for holidays, anniversaries, and everyday gifts. Holiday arrangements such as the evergreen-accented Send a Hug Penguin bouquet ($37.95) offer aromatic season's greetings without the hassle of chopping down a tree, baking gingerbread, or stealing Santa's cologne. Pale pink roses perfume the Arrive in Style arrangement ($34.95), and white roses in the Victorian Romance ($62.95) arrangement recline on a fainting couch of deep green ivy and lavender waxflowers. Modern arrangements seem to defy gravity with sleek table-toppers such as the Moondance, a curving collection of calla lilies and orchids ($122.95). Plant artists arrange and remove all snakes from each bouquet in-house before entrusting it to the hands of careful delivery staff ($10–$15 for delivery, not included), who can often arrange for same-day service at no additional cost.
Water Mill Flowers' blossom wizards conjure exquisite arrangements and bewitching bouquets for all occasions. The Wondrous Nature bouquet calms fears of the wild with a mix of traditional florals, blue iris, and stargazer lilies ($44.99+). Greet the season with the Florist Select arrangement, foliage fanfare of current blooms and greens ($34.99+). Water Mill Flowers’ designers also express sentiments sans blossoms, such as the ribbon-festooned congratulations balloon bouquet ($44.99), ideal for celebrating a coworker's successful escape from prison. The value of this Groupon cannot be applied toward optional shipping, which costs a flat $12.99.
Fun Rentals leases motorized excitement with four-hour scooter and ScootCoupe rentals, encouraging joy riders to explore beach and street alike in an expedient fuel-efficient cruiser. Like a domesticated velociraptor, the two-seater scooter is small, speedy, easy to park, and lasts all day on one dollar of gas. With a ScootCoupe rental, driver and passenger can sit side-by-side in the stylish three-wheeler as they jet about town at up to 40 miles per hour. The coupes are iPod–ready, allowing tech-toting motorists to roll to the sounds of classic rock or an audio-book biography of Millard Fillmore.