A PT Cruiser pulls up to the curb, the exterior painted with a jumble of bright-colored flowers. The door opens and out comes...a hippie. But then, what did you expect from a floral shop named Flower Power?
The costumed drivers are just one way this family-owned florist is making its customer's smile. Owner Helen Raynor––who trained at the famous Judith Blacklock Flower School in London––came up with the creative idea with her husband James, after relocating from England to Davenport. The sunnier weather certainly suits the disposition of the friendly owners and their staff. Not only will they craft arrangements for birthdays, weddings, and bank holidays, but they'll also deliver them along with almost anything requested, even a case of bottled water.
Trained at The Chouinard Art Institute by lauded impressionists Millard Sheets and Phil Dike, Lynne French conjures brilliant landscapes out of oils and watercolors. She often works brushless, letting the colors pool and blend on tissue paper through a meditative method called zen-tissue watercolor. Despite the time commitment of zen-tissue watercolor, French still exhibits her work in international galleries and fills her online store with a plentitude of paintings and limited-edition prints. She also has a gift for rendering evocative landscapes based on her patrons' memories and photographs, as well as on residue from their dream catchers.
Lisa Tariq helps keep Celebration residents stylish by curating an affordable, eclectic selection of designer apparel and accessories for men, women, and children. Her patrons can sort through racks of dresses, coats, sweaters, and vests, all the brainchildren of designers such as La Diva, Maggy London, and Life is Good. A collection of handbags, shoes, and sparkly accessories completes chic new outfits, and extended sizes allow every body type and overstuffed scarecrow to enjoy the shop's fashionable duds.
Since 1986, Windermere has welcomed sultans of swing to relax and hone their skills with friends and family in a sophisticated, yet relaxed country-club atmosphere. The course recently finished a complete cosmetic makeover, renovating the greens, bunkers, driving range, and clubhouse with fresh bermuda-grass seed. Originally designed by Ward Northrup, the 18-hole, par 72 championship course caters to handicaps of all levels with 6,558 yards of meticulously manicured fairways, making it one of the newest and most handsome semiprivate clubs in the area. Thirteen holes border lakes, and 63 strategically placed bunkers challenge experienced golfers and give amateurs multiple chances to supplement their income with hidden sand dollars.