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.
In an interview with the Naples Daily News, entrepreneur Jason Swinford explained that he brought Flip Flop Shops to the Coastland Center mall with one goal in mind: “to make finding the perfect pair of flip-flops a cinch." His goal manifests in the form of a beach-themed shop with displays of footwear by Vans, Havaianas, iPanema, and more.
Shoppers can find youth-friendly styles, elegant strappy designs suitable for black-tie beach parties, or executive sidewalk surfers, which resemble business shoes but feel like flip-flops. A selection of sporty closed-toe shoes keeps toes comfortable on cooler days, and skincare products by Sun Bum protect skin. With an eye toward reducing the store's ecological footprint, general manager Brian Disarro told Naples Daily News that he stocks footwear made from reclaimed and recycled materials and illuminates displays with LED lights.
The technicians at Eclipse Tinting painstakingly shape products to individual vehicles with their precision cutting machine. They slice round rolls of Suntek's carbon or high-performance films to match each vehicle?s unique curves and dimensions, and all products carry a lifetime warranty against fading, bubbling, or turning purple. A five-year warranty shields 3M paint protection film, which guards paintjobs against small scratches and stains left by hitchhiking insects.
Techs also dim the harsh glare of the sun in homes and office buildings, installing films that reject up to 79% of solar energy. Residential tinting helps promote temperature stability, lowers cooling costs, and protects artwork and upholstery from fading.
Tampa Olive Oil Company vends gourmet olive oils, balsamic vinegars, and other culinary accessories designed to add depth and character to meals. Fruity or grassy olive oils from Greece, Italy, and Morocco sidle up to their flavored brethren, which are infused with aromas such as basil, truffles, or roasted peppers. Customers can use the oils to flavor hearty roasts and sautés or combine them with classic and flavored balsamic vinegars for a light, tangy salad dressing.
Other artisanal offerings, including spices, specialty oils, and scented sea salts, round out Tampa Olive Oil Company's selection of edibles. In addition, serving accessories such as oil sprayers, pour spouts, and dipping saucers help customers discontinue their usual practice of serving condiments through a fire hose.
Salon owner and educator Monique Perez-Marini has spent 25 years developing her vision, technique, and training in New York and Florida. She has worked alongside hair luminaries such as Nick Arrojo from What Not to Wear and Hollywood stylist Jos? Eber. She and her team offer fashionable cuts, ginger-infused Paul Mitchell conditioning treatments, and Pravana keratin applications with less than 0.01% formaldehyde. Monique?s specialty is color services, and she uses Matrix formulas that are free of ammonia and, like the best sleeping bags, enriched with softening oils. The salon will use any requested professional color line.
Silk Jungle's handcrafted silk floral arrangements and greenery have earned the textile nursery Naples Daily News’s Southwest Florida Choice award for best silk plants and flowers in 2008, 2009, and 2011. Bear—the shop's black labrador—roams around the silken forest, performing tricks for clients and helping them decide between calla lilies and poppies to complete their custom floral arrangements.