At Ruth Messmer Florist Inc., third-generation florists arrange fragrant roses, asiatic lilies, and vivid daisies into fragrant bouquets for any occasion. They can create classic arrangements with sleek, simple glass vases and decorative ribbons or enhance blooms with creative flourishes such as plush stuffed animals, balloons, or wicker baskets.
In addition to flowers, florists fill gift baskets with epicurean treats such as Ghirardelli chocolates, dried meats, fruit, and wheels of cheese jacked from Mighty Mouse’s Cadillac.
The warm aromas of chocolate orange and Creamsicle tisane emanate from above, rousing the senses of visitors as they climb the spiral steps from Franklin Shops into Tea & Wine Loft. Along with blooming teas, domestic and imported beers and wines wash down the loft's roster of edibles, which include quiches, tuna salad, and numerous vegetarian and gluten-free options. White couches line the walls, beckoning guests to plop down and enjoy their plates as they shed single tears over the beauty of the artwork adorning the space. Those with an adventurous streak can subject themselves to the elements in the outdoor seating area before visiting the loft's retail area to restock on loose-leaf teas and teapots.
Oasis Yacht Club and Boat Rentals employs friendly staffers who contribute to their community by getting friends, neighbors, and tourists to explore the local waterways via pontoons, kayaks, and fishing charters. The staff can accommodate almost any request, such as customizing cruises to stop along the beach for some shelling. All their charter vessels boast stereos with CD players, and upon request, the crew can load up the boat with refreshments, sunblock, and whale repellent. Oasis Yacht Club also replaces their boats once every year and a half to ensure their equipment is in top shape. On fishing trips, they rent out rods and reels and teach guests basic fishing and boating skills while dishing out information on secluded fishing spots. At the onsite ship store, boaters can stock up on hats, tackle, and gear to prepare for any tours or voyages.
Rustic Star Collections' fashion guru swaddles passersby in classy threads designed to suit each person’s unique sense of style, and enlivens dull domicles with a collection of home accoutrements. Visitors meander across the shop's hardwood floors, discovering pairs of BB brand jeans best worn during nights on the town or intimate dinners with a full-length mirror ($39.95). Daytrip crew neck tee shirts slide comfortably over torsos ($26.95), while a Cotton Candy skirt keeps legs strutting in style ($42.50). Bridgewater candles woo nostrils with sweet scents ($19.95), and Vermont Organics ($3.50) soap bars slather skin in natural blends that keep bodies as clean and smooth as the areas behind Mount Rushmore's ears.
Like most success stories, Leader's Casual Furniture didn't start at the top. Founded in a single west Florida show room in 1971, the company now boasts 19 retail show rooms, a 150,000-square-foot distribution center, and an ever-increasing selection of rattan, wicker, and patio furniture. Upon browsing the virtual show room, visitors find rattan dining sets, beds, and entertainment centers as well as wicker tables with stone or glass tops. Custom fabrics and tropical-themed pieces add personal flair to interiors or exteriors, and an online room planner helps customers get a feel for how chosen pieces will fit into their homes.
Fort Myers Florist's green thumbs artfully arrange bouquets in traditional and modern fashions for myriad occasions. Colorful sprays of florals or decadent candies are gifted by the shop's signature Flower Folks, whose round yellow faces greet recipients with a mischievous grin and a charming one-liner. The Flower Folks' cast of characters includes the broad-smiling Grinster, who totes an array of seasonal blossoms ($29.99+), the puck-kissing Toothless Joe, who embraces a boon of sweet treats ($29.95), and the debonair Baby Blues, who woos recipients with a mixture of white and yellow daisies and three yellow roses ($29.99+).