Britton's Archery Supplies & Range has armed apprentice arrow-launchers with gear, accessories, and instruction for three familial generations. Introductory lessons furnish beginner archers with rental equipment and dispense tips on proper shooting technique, archery-safety skills, and the perfect shade of nylon tights to impress Maid Marian. After firing at an assortment of circular targets and two- and three-dimensional animal models, pupils can replenish weary bodies with complimentary snacks and drinks. Customers should call ahead before visiting to confirm Britton's Archery Supplies & Range's hours, which alter depending on the gymnastics schedules of head-perching apples.
When Peter Santangelo became president and owner of his parents' nursery business at age 17, he carried on his parents' horticultural expertise and the Santangelo entrepreneurial spirit to make his business a success. He traveled all over Florida to cull his botanical inventory, and over the years he expanded the nursery and even started doing his own farming.
A winner of the 2011 and 2012 Best of Suncoast silver award, Canterbury Farms employs botany buffs who tend to 43 acres of Florida-friendly woodland plants that include palms, shrubs, and tropical herbage. The lush, green landscape is punctuated by colorful exotic plants as well as by Amigo, a cartoonish fiberglass statue that once perched on the roof of Peter’s parents' nursery decades ago. Pensive green thumbs may solicit shrub-related style from Canterbury Farms experts by bringing in photos of their outdoor or indoor spaces, and free estimates are also available for landscaping projects.
Densely leafed laurel oaks, blooming magnolias, and live oaks that can grow for 400 years. These are just a few of the tree varieties that Paul Bunyan Trees keeps in stock. Since 1979, the company's green-thumbed specialists have transported trees, often measuring 16 feet or taller, to clients' properties, planting them firmly in the soil. They're equipped to fill orders as small as one tree or as large as 1,000.
Eve's Garden Gifts houses a collection of bonsai trees and lucky bamboo alongside inventive feng shui finds. Green thumbs can take up the balancing art of bonsai with a starter kit ($14.95) complete with a 2-year-old Japanese juniper bonsai tree, handmade ceramic pot, decorative moss, and pebbles. Five stalks of green lucky bamboo ($11.95) stand erect in a woodgrain ceramic vase oozing good fortune. Customers can quash stress with a dip into the ancient art of rock gardening with a mini zen kit ($12.95) equipped with fine sand, polished stones, and a bamboo rake to transform any space, from a cubicle to the roof of a speeding train, into a place of meditation.
At The Plant Stop, rows of lush foliage and vibrant blooms flourish amid sunlight and open air, surrounding visitors in hundreds of draught-resistant shrubs, flowers, and trees. Pat, a plant expert with more than 25 years experience in the landscaping business, runs this horticultural haven. Along with a staff of expert nurserymen, Pat helps customers select exotic plant life and nurture classic foliage such as flowering trees. He works with growers across Florida to stock the store's lush pathways with more than 20 varieties of clay-ball-rooted palm trees, which can thrive for many years without being staked or finishing elementary school.
At The Plant Stop's design station, landscapers chat with patrons one-on-one to draw up complementary landscape designs that incorporate plants tolerant of Florida's climate. The customer-focused staff also delivers trees free of charge.
Jazzercise is 60 minutes of cardio, strength training, and stretching that incorporates moves from hip-hop, yoga, Pilates, jazz dance, kickboxing, and resistance training with handheld weights. Dancing with the Stars' multiple-champion Cheryl Burke is a big fan of Jazzercise's improvisational workouts, though luckily you won't need her dance moves to get the most out of your class. If you're prone to first-class jitters, though, you can review the basic moves online before you go. Expect to burn off up to 600 calories with each go-round.