The colorful blue-and-white-checkered floors at The Fresh Pointe Produce Market pale in comparison to the space's kaleidoscopic assortment of garden-fresh fruits and vegetables. Despite being located indoors, the shop has the distinct feel of an outdoor farmer's market. Wooden display cases practically overflow with bright red tomatoes, deep purple plums, green bell peppers, stark white heads of garlic, and invisible pineapples. As a demonstration of their commitment to obtaining flavorful produce straight from the vine, the market fills its displays with locally grown items whenever possible. These fruits and vegetables can be sold straight from the bins, although the staff also uses them to make juices, smoothies, and milkshakes as well as fruit baskets and fruit bouquets.
A professional party planner since 1999, Cindy Soto has organized a variety of event packages for 50 to 300 guests, celebrating weddings, births, and other occasions. In addition to her edible attractions, including mini donut-making stations, chocolate fountains, and disco balls made out of ladyfingers, Soto wows party guests and dessert lovers with her complete mastery of the cupcake. She can fashion miniature cakes into pies, spear them on sticks, and even tuck them into individual jars, and she takes care to deliver each order to the customer's doorstep. Sweet Servings can also sate sweet fixes with chocolate-covered pretzels and a rotating selection of candies.
The fitness fanatics at Extreme Nutrition opened their first store in 2009, and have since expanded to several locations across Florida. In less than five years, the company has earned a notable reputation by offering worldwide shipping on its vitamins and sports supplements and by hosting celebrity-bodybuilder autograph signings and piano tosses.
Ralph Lauren. Coach. Prada. The sprawling racks at Galaxy Thrift might be hiding high-end finds for men and women from these designer brands and more. Amongst the well-organized collection, shoppers will also find furniture and home accessories such as lamps, floral arrangements, and little purses to hang on a chair's recliner lever.
Beneath the tall palm trees that dot Amelia's SmartyPlants' outdoor garden lies a vast stock of lush plants and vibrant blooms handpicked by an expert staff. The 2-acre independent gardening center amasses plant species both familiar and unusual, helping homeowners beautify their yards and the environment with native florals, ornamental shrubs and trees, and colorful glass garden art that adds color and whimsy to natural plots. Aside from dishing out advice in a monthly newsletter or through their regular in-shop seminars, the plant pros can offer tips on garden design, fertilization, and how to control pests via hypnosis or the shop’s selection of organic and synthetic products. An indoor shopping area also awaits to show off shelves stocked with tools and garden accessories––many made in the United States—such as fountains and statues, all waiting to add interest to landscapes or the miniature dioramas of middle-school giants.
The single and tandem kayaks of Paddle Away Sports encourage competitive and cooperative paddling, and standup-paddleboard rentals entail relaxing expeditions and include long paddles for fending off carnivorous barnacles. The knowledgeable staff leads instructional sessions for new riders and sunset tours of the shimmering waters.