Unfurling across almost two verdant acres, Bayshore Garden Center populates outdoor areas with thousands of plants ready to boost botanical credentials. A staff of professional green-thumbs solves shoppers’ horticultural quandaries, from sharing facts on seasonal flowering annuals ($1.29 each) and juice-laden peach trees ($29.99+) to fielding questions on whether or not pine cones can experience love. Hang a 10-inch premium basket ($11.99) to enthrall area bird populations, or wow garden-peeping passersby with the coquettish pink flowers of a hibiscus ($9.99). Bayshore Garden Center also stocks a wide selection of bushes and shrubs, with entrants such as the heat-friendly butterfly bush ($11.97) ready to thrive in a front lawn’s center stage or grow a labyrinth around backyard minotaurs. In addition to aboveground aesthetics, Bayshore Garden Center carries fertilizer and other nutrient-packed soil amendments to keep gardens green and vibrant.
Shell Factory and Nature Park's 18-acre grounds hold diverse attractions for all ages, including a nature park with more than 350 animals, a seashell replica of All Saints Church, and the sprawling Doggy Heaven dog park. At the 2.5-acre nature park, visitors come face-to-face with animals from across the globe, including alligators, raccoons, Middle Eastern geckos, and indigenous aquatic life. Birds soar overhead in the aviary and tortoises roam freely, waiting for guests to feed them snacks and listen to their stories about growing up during the Hoover presidency. Children can ruffle the coats of goats and sheep at the petting farm or toss a gator biscuit to hungry 7'?9' alligators.
At the fun park, feed fish from inside a paddleboat, collide into one another on bumper boats, and compete in 18-hole games of mini-golf. The park?s Doggy Heaven abounds with open spaces in which pups can swim and run around; dogs are welcome into most attractions at the Shell Factory and Nature Park, including some of the various cafes, which serve dog treats alongside human eats.
The Shell Factory retail shop houses a stunning collection of seashells, coral, and fossils for visitors to take home. Its year-round Christmas shop houses yuletide collectables, even in the summer months. While on the premises, guests can ferret out pirate treasure at the Pirates' Cove or explore a large display of taxidermied animals.
From a distance, the manatees, dolphins, and bald eagles that populate Estero Island make quite an impression. But the staff at Holiday Water Sports of Fort Myers Beach believes up-close encounters are not only the sole way to determine if the animals can talk, but also the best way to enjoy them. To that end, they guide tours and rent out myriad watercraft, from Yamaha 4 waverunners and 10-passenger pontoon boats to paddle bikes, which resemble oversized tricycles as they surge through nimbuses of sea foam. The staff hoists parasailers over their water-bound peers, letting out up to 1,200 feet of slack and allowing riders to plunge into free falls with houses and piers blurring into a cubist painting beneath them. Captains certified by the United States Coast Guard guide the ships back toward the sun-bleached sands, where the company’s rental umbrellas rustle in the breeze above lounge chairs.
For more than 25 years, Cynthia Rager has been pioneering new techniques and products in the fields of aesthetics and cosmetic surgery, penning technical manuals and spreading the know-how to up-and-coming cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists across the country. Cynthia has joined forces with biochemists to formulate skincare and makeup lines, including IntegraDerm and Miner?le makeup, whose natural and organic ingredients make them a favorite on the Home Shopping Network and in upscale catalogues.
Cynthia's mission at Rager's IntegraLife Spa is to share all that she has learned with her team while mentoring other women in the medical aesthetics industry. She seeks out cutting-edge treatments for the face and body, including light therapy, cellulite reduction, and seasonal body wraps in a zero-gravity float bed, which leave clients as relaxed as an astronaut.
A 6,000-square-foot fashion emporium, Fashion Jewelry Paradise lays out table after table of stylish jewelry, scarves, and accessories, inviting browsers to try on thousands of distinctive styles. Necklaces ($5–$25) and bracelets ($3–$15) put beauty into the hands of the beholder, leading to a sense of accomplishment rivaling that of a financially successful mime, and varied selections of baroque, colorful rings ($8–$14) affordably adorn digits. A friendly staff patrols the spacious store, sleuth-capped and eager to help customers solve any fashion mysteries, while trendy, designer-inspired handbags ($10–$45), watches ($9–$14), and scarves ($5–$14) compete for attention from their sumptuous perches.
FrameWorks prepares art and memorabilia for wall appearances by enveloping them in fashionable custom mats and frames. Each piece of artwork luxuriates in the attention of experienced framers, who employ their eye for design and more than 40 years of combined framing experience to give each piece a custom home in which to reside until retiring to Barbados. Customers can peruse the shop’s display of more than 2,000 molding frames—including certified Larson-Juhl 22k gold frames—hundreds of mats, and nonglare, plexiglas, and UV–protection glass to discover a design that speaks to their personality, their home’s décor, and their invisible entourage. In addition to framing traditional print art and photographs, FrameWorks also assembles shadowboxes to commemorate special occasions such as weddings, concerts, and interplanetary vacations. Prices for custom framing vary based on size, mounting, mats, glass, and frame choice; the shop can outfit a 16"x20" image for anywhere from $100 to $500.