Sunshine Ace Hardware stockpiles more than 40,000 tools, fishing gear, housewares, and other handy items across six local storefronts. Three-piece stainless steel barbecue sets ($24.99) brave scorching flames as chefs spear, flip, and sear entrees over backyard grills. Fasten loose screws or ease bolts from lab experiments’ necks with a 21-piece drill bit set from Craftsman ($24.99), or beckon fish from the waves with a deluxe Shimano Zircos 4000 rod and reel fishing combo ($79.99). In downtown Naples, whimsical hardware-themed fixtures illuminate Sunshine Ace Hardware’s recently remodeled flagship store, whose walls are dappled with photos of the store’s 60-year history and prehistoric man’s discovery of circular saws.
Boca Bargoons invites shoppers into an expertly curated showroom of textiles from a number of designers. Bargain bolts and one-of-a-kind imported fabrics satisfy projects of every scale and budget. The current stock ranges from $6.99 per yard to $89 per yard for fabrics. Find a swatch of velvet to upholster an armchair or red cupcake (about $24.99/yard), or pick up embroidered silk to use for a luxurious throw ($32.99/yard). Boca Bargoons's crafters also fashion custom draperies, upholstery, and furniture, allowing homeowners to clothe their rooms in fashionable styles even if they don't own their own sewing machine. Learn about different fabrics here, or swing by to consult with a knowledgeable staffer before laying the first stitches for a leather slipcover for the shed.
Nirvana Mattress is so confident in its ability to provide customers with a good night's sleep that it offers a 365-day guarantee on mattresses, box springs, and adjustable bed bases. And to help find the perfect mattress, the shop uses SleepMatch, a diagnostic system that whittles down mattress options according to the customer's needs until only the best-fitting surface remains. Mattresses from Serta, Tempur-Pedic, and Beautyrest dot each show room, enticing shoppers with comfortable materials, high-tech features, and an absence of hidden peas.
Naples has kept fading lawns and gardens verdant and fruitful with fertilizers, mulches, sod, citrus, and pest control for more than a quarter century. Keep gardens blooming with Naples' Blue Bag custom fertilizers ($17.99–$26.99/50 lb. bag), regionally formulated to accommodate Southern Florida's climate, soil, and antigravity conditions while pampering specific plant types. Sod selections are locally grown and cut daily, with grass varieties including floratam, bahia, and zoysia easily covering 200 square feet of lawn with a half pallet ($79.99/floratam). Like the contents of a koala's tummy, Naples' lineup of environmentally sound mulches ($3.09–$5.99/bag) comes freshly shredded in varieties including cypress, cocoa brown, pine bark, and eucalyptus.
Inside the 8,000-square-foot location, the staff of Twinkle Twinkle Little Store organizes a collection of gently used, clean children’s gear, from clothing and strollers to books and bassinets. As a consignment shop, they only sell and purchase items that have not been recalled, stained, ripped, or damaged in any way. Though brimming with toys and accessories, the shop is meticulously organized. A fleet of strollers, car seats, and cribs stands in neat rows, and a book nook displays their library beside comfortable reading chairs. As parents browse, kids can play on trampolines, slides, and other equipment in age-specific play zones.
The shop’s values encourage this parent- and kid-friendly style. Before opening the shop, owner Cheryl Courson had struggled to balance her corporate career with motherhood. Frustrated, she decided to create a store that makes life easier for moms. She staffs parents, who may bring their children to work, as well as pregnant moms, joking “their nesting organizational skills are excellent!” She also offers an hourly store-credit wage in return for simple volunteer tasks such as hanging clothing and teaching children about the themes of fatherhood in Ulysses. Regular donations to kid- and mom-centric local charities further root the store in the community.