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A part of Gainesville's bead scene for almost two decades, Gifts of Avalon stocks 2,500 square feet of jewelry-creation necessities as well as locally-crafted and imported pieces for purchase. Craft mavens and jewelry-making newcomers alike will find a rainbow explosion of beads lighting up walls and blanketing tables. Among the offerings fit to complement any epidermis are Swarovski crystal beads ($4 and up), fashionable carved gemstones ($4–$19), Czech seed beads (varying prices), and more. Further bling building blocks include an array of pliers and wire cutters ($8–$12), flexible stringing wire ($7.50–$18 for a 30’ spool), assorted needles ($2.25 for 4), and trade books. The expansive shop also stocks ready-to-wear pieces that make a hearty boon for gift buyers, modern-day fashionistas, and the relapsing spirit of Marie Antoinette.
4205 NW 16th Blvd
Gainesville,
FL
US
With more than one million book titles to choose from, Barnes & Noble stocks one of the retail world's largest selections of bound pages, along with a huge assortment of educational toys and games. Keep sprightly scribes from using walls, furniture, and siblings as writing surfaces with the help of LeapFrog’s Scribble & Write ($24.95 online), or indulge kids’ natural passions for outer space and solid detective work with a LEGO Space Police Smash ’n’ Grab set ($19.95 online).
3910 SW Archer Rd
Gainesville,
FL
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Nestled in a charming vernal garden, Secret Garden Bakery's dough mixers whip up a fresh bounty of specialty treats that change daily to satiate sweet hounds. Nosh on a straight-from-the-oven chocolate-peanut-butter cheesecake bar, layered with graham-cracker crust, peanut-butter morsels, and sprinkles of chocolate ($1.75 each). Secret Garden Bakery's cookies make worthy care-package cargo or snacks for the Latvian cricket team inexplicably living in the garage, with flavors such as classic chocolate chip and root beer ($0.75 each), whereas a thick hunk of coconut-cream cheesecake ($4/slice) glides effortlessly down esophagi. Sucrose-seekers can celebrate the advent of dairy with a moist, heaping slice of sour-cream spice cake smothered in orange frosting ($3.50/slice) or enjoy a palm-sized chomp of a gourmet cookies-and-cream cupcake ($1.50 each), topped with cream-cheese icing and a mini Oreo.
225 N Main St
High Springs,
FL
US
With a nose and eye for special occasions, the experienced florists at The Plant Shoppe arrange flowers artfully to enhance momentous events. Specializing in weddings, the team can garland everything from the flower girls and the bride to the tables, cake, ceremony site, and limo driver. The florists also help their customers celebrate anniversaries, birthdays, and holidays with roses, orchids, carnations, and more to create a kaleidoscope of colors and fragrant aromas. As a one-stop gift shop, the crew customizes self-inking stamps and sells imprintable invitations from companies such as Picture Perfect, Design Design, and Four Seasons.
303 NW 8th Ave
Gainesville,
FL
US
The specialists at Mr. Frame It take pride in preserving and enhancing memories in all of their physical embodiments—from artworks and photographs to prized sports souvenirs. They draw on more than 1,000 samples from brands such as Larson-Juhl to create custom frames that either serve as focal points or blend in with room decor. In addition to encasing children’s artwork and family portraits, the staff stretches canvases, mounts mirrors, and builds shadow boxes to house awards and first-edition time-share brochures.
5025 San Jose Blvd
Jacksonville,
FL
US
Staring at a blank piece of paper can be intimidating, but browsing the blank, premade pottery at Doing Dishes draws hibernating creativity from its den, enticing the brain with shape, size, and bisque meat. Pieces range between $7 and $60, and all merry potters are assessed a modest studio fee of $6, which covers everything required to design and fire a project, including time. Grab a blank plate and paint a meal upon it, stencil a cup with springtime flowers, or decorate a picture frame worthy of being hung inside itself.
3568 Saint Johns Avenue
Jacksonville,
FL
US
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