At STARanch Alpacas, a herd of alpacas graze in a grassy meadow by the Caloosahatchee River. Alpacas grow soft, fine fiber that is used to make sweaters. Patrons can pet these soft alpacas on tours through the ranch and spend time alongside the animals in nature.
Ask visitors to point out the prettiest one out of the hundreds of orchids at Eastfork Orchids and you'll get a different answer every time. Some will point to the bright baby vandas dangling from the arches; others will nod toward the rows of cheerful cattleya. The warm, 7,000-square-foot greenhouse abounds with exotic orchids and tropical plants, causing a reporter from Coastal Life to quip that there’s "too many to count."
Seasoned gardener Kimberly Romer and her husband, B.J., care for the rare and fragile flowers, enlisting help from their knowledgeable staff. The team of horticulturalists provides clients with expert advice, instructional classes, and supplies such as pots and fertilizers. They even offer boarding services, dutifully watering and playing fetch with plants while their owners are away.
The instructors at Sweetwater Paddlesports must have a natural affinity for the water and have nurtured passions for sports ranging from surfing and wakeboarding to boating. Drawing from these combined experiences, they've channeled their efforts almost entirely toward introducing others to standup paddleboarding. In group or private lessons, they introduce basic techniques for balance and maneuvering and what to do at a red light. To supplement this aquatic-sports training, Sweetwater also coordinates on-water standup-paddleboard yoga and fitness classes. The company's fleet—which can be picked up or delivered for rental—includes standup paddleboards by makers such as Tahoe and One World and kayaks by Jackson and Feel Free.
InkGarden prints custom messages, photos, and artwork on invitations, shirts, mugs, and various printable paraphernalia selected from a gargantuan supply of more than 3,500 designs that can be personalized in any number of ways from minor to major. Announce a new business venture on 4"x6" full-color postcards ($9.99/10) or show the whole holler you were promoted to head moonshine operator with new business cards (250 for $19). Pear Tree travel mugs ($13.99) and Big Date fleece blankets ($39.99) carry the magic of wedding photos into the post-honeymoon world, and competitive cyclists and their mountain-goat cheerleaders can show their pride on a mountain-biking T-shirt ($15.99–$18.99). Many items boast discounts when ordering in bulk, and a user-friendly set of online customization wizards lets customers tweak their designs until they’re sure to tickle all 3 or 300 of the family members or gala-goers who receive them.
When not busy earning accolades from the Naples Daily News and Fox 4’s Morning Blend, Pet Paradise 1's gregarious grocers keep furry compatriots in working order, stocking pet pantries with all-natural dining options. Learn about each pet's individual needs during nutrition consultations before refilling feed bags with mounds of munchables from chefs at Dr. Harvey’s and Earthborn, bolstering man's best friend with all-natural chow free from additives, chemicals, or the ghosts of chew toys past (5–6 lb. bags, $12–$27).
The instructors at Shaman's Blessings nurture holistic health and an acute awareness of self in their students during empowering yoga sessions and emotionally centering group classes. Visitors of all experience levels gather for meditative Prana Vinyasa classes in which instructors guide them through poses, linking each posture to the next with breathing exercises to hone concentration and create a calming, thoughtful atmosphere among students. Other group classes vary, but often center on themes including feminine energy, relaxing meditation, and self-reflection. The staff includes therapists with backgrounds in alternative and scientific studies, and an onsite store outfits guests with alternative accouterments, such as crystals, incense, and tarot decks for personally enlightening games of Go Fish.