Lending out all the niceties for a sandy soiree at two beach locations in the Jacksonville area, Rent Beach Stuff is dedicated to making days at the beach feel like a day at the beach. Sun-conscious beach bums can invest in the Pod ($25 per day), which encapsulates two lounge chairs, an umbrella, and a table, all salvaged from the space wreckage of an intergalactic beach-loving civilization.
Cottage by the Sea beautifies abodes with cottage-style furniture and beachy accessories. Seafaring shoppers can infuse their homes with ocean accents such as seashell-framed mirrors and coral prints without having to barter with miserly mermen.
Legendary local gastronomes Guy Leroy and Pom Souvannasoth joined forces to open The Brasserie, whipping up a menu of fine bistro fare with natural, organic, and local ingredients. Starters invite diners to mine jewels of roasted beets from a forest of fresh lettuce and crumbled goat cheese ($8) or rescue a gruyere crouton from drowning in a savory french-onion sea ($6). Signature entrees, such as a grilled salmon fillet in chardonnay cream ($21), a harissa-garnished moroccan lamb stew ($18), or a refined coq au vin, a red-wine-roasted chicken with fingerling potatoes ($16), stuff empty stomach spaces. An expert waitstaff well-versed in the art of pairings tends to tables, helping them sift through the international wine list.
Taste! at 645 Atlantic's confectionary crafters whip up a sweet cornucopia of distinctive cupcakes in an array of gourmet flavors. Bipartisan sweet and savory enthusiasts can delight in the established and widely accepted union of the Chocolate Bacon Kupcake ($1.95), great for early desserts or late breakfasts. Shoo away summer heat with the tongue-cooling delight of the Strawberry Lemonade Kupcake ($1.95), or complete any meal with the Carrot Kupcake ($1.95), which endorses its eponymous veggie with a stylish wrapper and a frosting homage. Taste! at 645 Atlantic's enthusiastic bakers also welcome special orders, including gluten-free, sugar-free, or mummy-curse-free requests.
At Home adorns humans and their domiciles with an elegant spread of beach-inspired accents. Mounted wall art and snapshot-hungry picture frames cling to the boutique’s creamy walls ($18–$80), bracketing caches of artisanal gifts ($10+) and reclaimed-wood furnishings. Delicate hand-painted sea creatures frolic across glazed platters and stemware ($30–$100), and clusters of Archipelago bodycare products coddle and moisturize sun-kissed land-dwellers ($20+). Fragrant rainbows of Trapp candles peer out of a-framed boxes, mustering their forces for up to fifty hours of ambrosial incineration ($25). Crown a favorite hostess or visiting auditor with wreathes of eclectic jewelry ($20–$200) or rifle through treasure troves of baby apparel for giggle-inducing gifts. After a rousing browse, shoppers can throw on sartorial cover-ups ($30) and strut six blocks to the sandy catwalk.