Midnight Sun Imports is a retail shop located in the Five Points section of Jacksonville, specializing in unique handmade gifts from around the world. The eclectic and colorful shop has a wide collection of sterling silver and gemstone jewelry, as well as sarongs, yoga wear, wall art, floor coverings, statues and incense. Deity figures and jewelry from India, Thailand and Nepal and home furnishings from Bali and Indonesia make Midnight Sun Imports a unique spot to purchase a gift, or find the perfect piece to spruce up your home. Buddhas of every size and shape line the shelves as well as books, frames, art and clothing in this colorful Eastern importer, where a stroll up and down the aisles leaves much for the eyes to feast upon.
Army Navy Outdoors keeps its shelves stocked with military-grade field gear, heavy-duty outerwear, and military apparel. Dry off with a quick-drying microfiber towel ($19.99), whose lightweight fabric can pack down to a very small size, fitting in bags such as the Alice pack ($22.99), which stows personal effects in its plethora of pockets. Corded reusable earplugs ($10.99 for a pack of 10) can be called to duty for protecting eardrums in wood shops or muffling the sounds of fledgling Who cover bands. Army Navy Outdoors also outfits its customers with a plethora of camouflage gear, including rip-stop nylon pants, which greatly increase the chances of succeeding at hide-and-seek games based in army surplus stores.
The family behind Energy Armor aims to improve health and well being with stylish, medical-grade silicone accessories, all infused with a volcanic ash that's naturally charged with negative ions. The outfitter's wares, created based on the results of several scientific studies, work to prevent the potentially harmful effects of electromagnetic radiation, which emanates from cell phones, wireless Internet, and vindictive microwaves. The ionic adornments' additional positive effects can include improved sleep, boosted serotonin levels, and an increased flow of oxygen to the brain. Wristbands, necklaces, sleep masks, and other accouterments can bedeck and better bodies, and athletic goods, such as cleat covers, may improve competitive performance. Energy Armor's stainless steel or European-style bead bracelets are 100% hypoallergenic and dangle from wrists in a variety of sizes, and pet tags may help to keep furry companions safe from dangerous rays.
Gold Hills Jewelry's shelves sparkle with silver and gold baubles, precision-cut diamonds imported from Israel and Antwerp, and Skagen watches built to high standards of poshness and punctuality. Shamballa bracelets ($39.99+) lend a shimmering elegance to wrists, and throwing arms get a boost from the bejeweled pigskins that dangle in rows from Nick Devito sterling-silver football bracelets ($39.99+). Italian designer Nomination immortalizes hearts, zodiac signs, and SAT answer keys in sterling-silver charm bracelets ($50+), and Danish-crafted Skagen watches dutifully tick away the seconds on their lifetime warranties. The store’s master jeweler repairs all types of broken trinkets with services that include relinking chains ($10+), resizing gold rings ($20+), and remixing cocktail rings.
Monahan Jewelers showcases a large inventory of certified diamonds and fine jewelry. A 14-karat white-gold band cradles princess-cut 0.45-total-carat-weight diamonds ($800), setting fingers winking with every wave or handshake. Sterling-silver hinged bangle bracelets accented with 14-karat yellow gold ($575) dangle delectably from wrists, and a large key pendant forged from sterling silver and suspended from a 20-inch sterling chain ($189) might unlock a lucky lady's heart faster than an Operation tournament champ. Monahan's marble tiles and easy-to-browse display cases invite clients into its doors and, if lucky, into its swimming pool filled with doubloons.
Though the titular owner of Crazy Dave's Music might tell you his music shop began with dragons and goblins, it really began with the even more fantastic 1980s. Years after assuming ownership of a failing Orange Park pawn shop, Dave realized that the most popular items in his inventory were always musical instruments. In keeping with the demand, he banded together with local musicians to turn his space into a fully realized music store. Construction crews renovated new rooms for live sound equipment and effects lighting, filled the old jewelry cases with pedals and microphones, and lined the walls with mixing equipment and synthesizers. Today, Dave's store still houses a menagerie of instruments and accessories. Shelves and corners filled with DJ gear and high-end guitars bear the logos of famous brands such as Fender, Moog, and Yamaha.